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This thread is for discussing movies in general

- what movies we have seen recently, if we'd like to discuss them with others
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just finished watching A Serious Man by the coen brothers. not a personal favourite of mine... not the kind of film that leaves me with a lasting impression or a lot of emotion, but still one of those films you can appreciate from a film making perspective... it's packed with symbolism, with intelligent dialogue and dark humor and subtle commentary on significant issues - marriage, academia, religion, family, etc. i really appreciated for what it was and for its intelligence and wit.. in almost every scene you have this sense, watching it, that you are missing little references and tongue in cheek moments... every interaction, every shot, every word seems very deliberate, very thought out and purposeful which i admire so much.. they strike me as really thorough, intelligent film makers. nothing is there by accident and everything has so much to it. worth seeing, i think....a smart film... but cold, in a way.

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A SINGLE MAN


Pros:
- Colin Firth's extraordinary performance. He really created a character. While watching I didn't feel like I was watching Colin, I felt like I was watching George. My pick for Best Actor.
- Julianne Moore's performance was also wonderful. Not my win, but she'd make a top 5 for supporting Actress.
- The costumes/makeup/hair in the film are incredible. Really and truly incredible. I suppose that's expected seeing as it's directed by one of the most talented and successful men in fashion. I really couldn't get enough of the women's eye makeup, Juliane's up-do, Doris, who was just beautiful and fascinating to watch. The men in their slimming suits. Just..too perfect.
- The score but amazing as well. Far and away my favorite of the year.
- Everytime there was silliness, flirtation, or just laughing in this film it was at it's best. That's when it really became somethnig I've never really seen before. Things with these kind of actors and this kind of subject matter and just period pieces in general, they rarely find any time for fun. But this film did and I loved that.
- The characters and their relationships with each other. Perfectly realized.
- George's house was a wonderful setting. Pretty much an architectural masterpiece of glass and wood.
- The ticking clock aspect of the movie. It's not in the book, but I think it was very wise of Ford to add it to the film.


Cons:
- What I COULD get enough of was the numerous out-of-focus shots zooming on on people's eyes, lips, flowers, etc. I know why it was there, but I just think it was over-kill and a poor decision on Ford/the art-director's part.
- the ending felt like a let-down on many levels.


It always feels weird to say that a film you pretty much loved is a disappointment, but I have to say it about this film because my expectations were so high. Overall, It was in most ways a great, masterpiece of a film. But there were a few things (mostly the ending) that deterred me from fully loving it giving it a 10/10. So, until I re-watch it (which I intend to do in theaters), I'm giving it a 9/10

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Am I the only one that dislikes Into the wild? It was so pretentious.


I wouldn't say I dislike it, because there's alot about it that I like, but I agree that it struck me as a bit pretentious.

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Am I the only one that dislikes Into the wild? It was so pretentious.
Not at all, I couldn't stand that movie. It was shot beautifully but other than that, I really didn't like it.

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I tried to watch On the Rumba River two days ago.It's about a rumba group from 1950s in Zaire led by Papa Wendo.It is really beautiful, the band members coming together again and they tell about the turmoils of the country,poverty (one band member in his 70s has 32 children to raise!), but after an hour and a half it was just too long.Very slow.But the cinematography is beautiful.I'm not that patient alas.I also got Singin' in the Rain but didn't have a chance to watch it.

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^ Oh yeah I need to see that, thanks for reminding me!

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I follow this thread and watch films that you guys suggest.
I watched Franklyn a few weeks ago and I did not like that.. There were several question marks stacked on my head at the end; though I love Eva Green and I liked the idea of killing herself repeatedly for artwork, it was just one of those films which brings the question i keep asking when I see films like that - Aren't films supposed to be entertaining?

I just finished watching Nun's Story with Audrey Hepburn - I thought it was very good and really hammered home the difficulty of the unnatural changes nuns have to make. I was literally shocked at the very poignant end scene where she leaves and is walking down the street but the camera remains in the convent and there is no music! It was beautiful.
It has given me inspiration for my current project actually (at points I was literally tracing Audrey Hepburn's habit off the screen) and I'm about to watch Black Narcissus with Deborah Kerr (I have a thing for nuns) - shall report back soon!
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i want to see a single man!!!!!

i yettttttt have to watch nine too. i dont care how bad the reviews were. im just watching it for sophia loren.

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Currently watching Little Children! I'll report back afterward!

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nine was wicked! i just saw shutter island, which was amazing. so im suggesting everyone to see it

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I've seen several Frederick Wiseman DVDs in recent months. Many people consider him the greatest American documentary filmmaker.
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I'm sure everyone here would enjoy Model and probably The Store as well.
Wiseman's new project called La Danse profiles The Paris Opera Ballet. I'm hoping to see it soon.



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Little Children was great, I really recommend it.

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ive heard of la danse.. i want to see it.

and who can denyyyy leo :p shutter island is on my list after i catch up with the rest!

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