What Movies Are You Watching Lately

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by edinatlanta, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. colabear

    colabear Senior member

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    Saw Magic Mike last night to a packed crowd of mostly women in groups and a handful of guys including me. To my surprise, the movie wasn't as "women friendly" as portrayed in the trailers. Since it was directed by Steven Soderbergh who last directed the action-packed movie Haywire. Channing Tatum has major dance talent (not the stripping), he is impressive in this movie. All of his dance routine was so entertaining. I liked the visual style of Moonrise Kingdom, but I think I like the style of this movie even more. Particularly the coloring of the film during the beach scenes is spectacular. Overall, this movie is funny, entertaining and a good summer movie
     


  2. Hannerhan

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    Watched "The Grey" the other night. Don't read the below unless you're OK with spoilers. And if you haven't seen the movie, you should just read the below so you know to avoid it.


    This movie had a 79% ripe rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it's about Liam Neeson kicking a bunch of wolves' asses around Alaska, so I figured it would be basically a can't miss.

    First, it's not really a story about Liam Neeson kicking wolf ass, as much as it is a story about how a person or people both individually and collectively handle life and death struggles, and the prospect of their own death in certain cases. So far, so good actually...because I think it's interesting to frame the story in this light, and frankly the straight action approach to a movie like this would have been a little boring unless it was done perfectly. But here's the problem: the movie really, really sucks.

    If you're going to make a brainless popcorn action movie, a plot hole here and there is acceptable to a point. But when the director decides to get a little more serious and ask some genuine questions in the movie, I think the viewer has the right to demand a little more in terms of the story. And if you're going to make a movie about wolves, maybe you should do at least a small amount of research on the creatures. So that's where this film really jumps the shark and had really lost me within 45 minutes. I have assembled a short list of plot holes, and these are just the major ones:
    1. Liam Neeson's character believes for some reason that the survivors of the plane crash should leave the crash scene in order to get rescued. This runs counter to what any rational person would think.
    2. Wolves start eating people immediately, the first night after the crash when fires are still burning. In reality wolves wouldn't go near a plane crash scene for days if not weeks.
    3. These "super wolves" don't appear to be afraid of fire.
    4. In the most climactic scene of the movie, the 4 surviving characters string clothes together and cross a gorge, with Neeson's character saying at one point "it's either over the gorge or stay here and deal with the wolves." The last guy ends up falling after he gets across, and miraculously several wolves immediately pounce on him and drag the body away, while the rest of the characters don't seem to think it's odd that the wolves somehow managed to cross the gorge faster than them.
    5. 2 guys end up in an icy river for several minutes. One does actually drown (thankfully, because that meant we were down to one survivor...meaning it would be over soon), but Neeson's character makes it out. I was thinking "surely they'll at least make him take off his wet clothes and start a fire, because in real life he'd be dead in 10 minutes" but no. Cut to next scene and he's walking again with no ill effects or wet clothes.
    6. The fear the men had at the beginning of the movie was that they were close to a wolf den, which might be the reason that the wolves were so aggressive. After 3 days of hiking, crossing gorges, going down icy rivers, etc, the movie ends with Neeson's character being surrounded by wolves and him realizing that he has in fact walked right into their den (it's made painfully obvious by the large mammal carcasses all around, as if wolves would drag a dead elk miles to their den to eat it).

    And don't get me started on how the digital wolves look like shit and aren't even remotely realistic.

    So in short, I really can't remember ever feeling more out of touch with an RT rating than I am on this one. I feel literally robbed after having spent $5 to rent this on-demand at the house, and I hold all these so-called critics responsible. I don't mind the fact that this really isn't an action movie. I don't mind the fact that it's pretty bleak and it's a pretty long movie. I do mind the fact that it is just a big pile of stinking wolf feces disguised as a film.
     


  3. HORNS

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    It's very interesting the range of opinions among us on Cohen Bros movies and just like the rest of you I adore some and find others overrated. I'll throw this out there for discussion: I think they are one of the most avant garde filmmakes out there and one of the few that I know of that are masters of presenting to the viewer the absurd. I am very impressed with how they can be so commercially successful with the films that they have created.
     


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    Yes! This is a common theme in just about all of their films, to a great extent, but especially in O Brother Where Art Thou, Big Lebowski, Hudsucker Proxy, and even in No Country for Old Men. Very few directors have as deft a touch with asurdity - although Jean-Pierre Jeunet comes to mind, I think he hits the absurd notes a bit harder than necessary at times.
     


  5. in stitches

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    the cohen bros film that i like, i love. and the others, i think are pretty bad. very hit or miss for me. they are clearly reaching for an extreme, and depending on your taste, i think you end up loving, or hating their works.

    re: the grey - i think i will see it just to see what everyone is complaining/raving about.
     


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    My younger one is 17. She was the one that requested to go see that one. I took her and her sister, 21, to see the original Friday the 13th a few weeks back.
     


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    True Story: when I was in high school i used to buy weed from the kid who played Jason in the original Friday the 13th - he was the body that popped out of the lake at the end.
     


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    wow^^^
    You could have just rated it btwn 1 and 4 stars...
     


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    Just got back from Spiderman. It was a good movie. A lot different than the previous 3 spiderman movies. I am iffy on the web slinging device he built (not in a bad way, but after seeing 3 movies where spiderman is genetically able to cast a web it's hard to just forget all that). I sort of like the direction of the new spiderman, and can't wait to see the next one.
     


  10. Texastyle

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    But how do you REALLY feel?
     


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    Sorry, but it really just got under my skin and once I started the review there was no stopping it... :angry:
     


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    I rather have the long post than just

    "transformers"
     


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    I agree completely. I don't think I've (yet) seen every Cohen brothers movie, but I've seen most, and there isn't one that I don't at least like. Most I find great, and they get better with repeated viewings, mostly because there's so much subtlety that can be masked by all the absurdity that's happening.

    And remember, kids: "Jyou don't fuck with de Jesus, mang!"
     


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    It's not an old person thing. Self centered pricks exist in all age groups.
     


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    Rube? Is that you?
     


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