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What Movies Are You Watching Lately

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

  1. gort

    gort Senior member

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    Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger: cheesy but nice little nostalgia for arnold one liners. Movie was basically an ad for Chevy, though. "The ZR1 is faster than any helicopter!"

    The Hunger Games - not bad. I was kind of distracted while watching it though.
     
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    Saw "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" last night--poignant and thought-provoking. My wife and I enjoyed it very much.
     
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    The Great Gatsby. If compared with the novel, it's disappointing. I don't particularly enjoy the way the story is told. This partially has to do with stupid 3D, which is terrible in fast-paced but decent in slow-paced sequences. Anyway, the movie is definitely some sort of spectacle and I enjoy the cast of di Caprio and Tom but overall I'm not convinced. Bummer. Also, the music killed the atmosphere.

    Not technically a movie, but I also saw James Graham's play This House broadcasted live to the cinema. I'm not much of a theater guy, and I've probably only seen a handful of plays so far, moreover I'm not very familiar with the background story, but nonetheless This House seemed extremely well executed. I enjoyed it a lot. The atmosphere (broadcasting) was very good, great direction etc. I'll try to grab a ticket for The Audience in the mid of June even though most tickets are already sold out.
     
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    I've read the novel in highschool. Have you? Can you compare? I don't really remember it, so I'll have to reread it before I'll go watch the movie.
     
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    Cross-post from the WAYRN thread. I really enjoyed this slightly manic mini-lecture on The Great Gatsby:
    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     
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    Have you seen Firefly or Chuck?

    Told you.
     
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    Thanks for the video. I enjoyed it a lot.
     
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    Thank you J. I'll check into this one.
     
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    Heart-stopping! Damn. This was great! Thank you Lefty.
     
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    ha! thanks again! i knew someone here rec'd it, but i could not remember who. thanks for reminding me. you are owed double credit.
     
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    BTW, is Iron Man 3 in 3D as bad as I think it is? I've seen the trailer for the new Wolverine and the action sequences were horryfying. I mean, if it's already annoying in the fast-paced sequences in The Great Gatsby, how can it work in a more dedicated action movie?
     
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    my brother said he enjoyed it a lot. a buddy said he didnt. i guess it will be a love it or hate it thing. i hope to see it sunday.
     
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    I liked the non-3D version and I haven't heard any reviews to make me want to see it in 3D (nothing to suggest it adds anything)
     
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    There's this great cinema in Berlin that shows pretty much everything non-dubbed and non-subbed. Unfortunately, they always show the 3D version if available. I think I'll also give it a try, but generally I'm no fan at all of 3D. It adds something in, as said above, slow-paced sequences. Snowfall/rain can also look stunning. But once there are quick cuts and quick movements, it just looks wrong. And when they begin to 3D-ify old videos, like they did with some old Wall Street videos in The Great Gatsby, it just looks ridiculous.
     
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    the only movie i think i really liked the 3D in, was the most recent spiderman.
     
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    I opted for 2D for Gatsby (which was Ok, not great but not terrible). I'm pretty sure I would have found the 3D stuff intrusive and distracting (in a film that already has a few other intrusive, distracting gimmicks*). In 2D, there were a few moments of "oh, that shot clearly was set up that way to cater to 3D", but on the whole it was fine from that perspective.

    I'm not a big fan of unnecessary framing devices and reliance on narrative voice-overs, both of which the movie uses as crutches.
     
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    Quite honestly, I think the movie failed. Really, I wouldn't know how to recreate the intenseness of the novel in 120 minutes of motion picture, but the plot is extremely uncreative. It basically just showed the main events of the novel, mostly 1:1 as in the novel (including the dialogues), and connected them by a narrative voice-over. Disappointing.
    Did it also bug you that Gatsby's suit and hair was pretty much dry hardly a minute after it was soaking wet?
     
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    i liked the one with robert redford. never read the book.
     
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    I think that's fair. I went in with pretty low expectations, which I helped temper my reaction. I didn't particularly notice the insta-drying thing, but there were certainly a number of occasions when the film's slavery to DiCaprio's physical attractiveness as a visual reference point hamstrung it. I thought his performance was OK, but the way the film was put together put him in a pretty bad position. I also wasn't crazy about (and my girlfriend absolutely hated) the recurring words-on-the-screen thing. That and the general writing-in-the-sanitarium framing device (as well as the voice-over, which as I mentioned is a pet peeve) came off as a really forced effort to show they were "honoring" the novel's brilliant prose despite being wholly incapable of replicating its magic. I know bupkis about film-making, but it seems to me they would have been better off just owning the fact that movie would have to be a different kind of animal and trying to make something that worked better on its own terms.


    I recommend the book. The craftsmanship of the writing is really great. Although I have not read it in years and am probably due for a re-read.
     
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