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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #540 on: January 02, 2008, 03:09:33 pm »
This little tidbit will make Barb groan:

"Bond 22" (Nov. 7)
Currently untitled, director Marc Forster ("The Kite Runner," "Monster's Ball") teams up with screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash") and the latest 007, Daniel Craig, for an original story that picks up immediately after the events of "Casino Royale."


Make that a double-groan, I also heard that the Olsen twins were being considered to play villains (!) I hope that's not true!

There are concerns about Marc Forster directing because he's never done an action film.  Anyway, with Haggis on top of all that, it doesn't look good, lol!  I think I'll sell my Bond22 shares on Hollywood Stock Market, lol!


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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #541 on: January 03, 2008, 02:29:59 am »
After the aforementioned Sweeney Todd, I saw No Country for Old Men. It was admirably arty, kept my interest, the acting was all good by all involved (Tommy Lee Jones! Javier Bardem!, Josh Brolin! Woody Harrelson! the actress who played the guy's wife!) but ultimately it left me a little cold. Cohen Bros. movies tend to do that with me. Still, worth seeing. Suspenseful, and not as graphically violent as I'd feared.

We also rented several movies, as follows:

Zodiac. Liked it OK, was left a bit unsatisfied (unavoidably) by the ending -- maybe because I knew the mystery was going to remain unsolved and felt guilty because the people in my group kept saying, "I bet it's him!" about one character or another, as if the movie were a whodunit, and I knew they'd wind up disappointed when there was no resolution. Jake was good, but (sorry for the sacrilege, Jake fans) Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. were a bit more charismatic -- partly due to their having more dynamic parts than Jake's (plus, I love both of those actors). Anthony Edwards was fun, too!

The Kingdom. I liked this a lot, maybe because I went in with low expectations. It got mediocre reviews. I'll have to go to rottentomatoes to figure out why -- if I recall correctly, it might have to do with its political messages. Anyway, if you're as ignorant about Middle Eastern politics as I am, it was fascinating (though possibly misinformative). Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper were good as always, Jennifer Garner was OK, and a surprisingly cast Jason Bateman had the most terrifying scene in the movie.

Premonition. Don't bother. But you already knew that. This was my 16-year-old niece's choice. I like Sandra Bullock, and she made it watchable. Plus my attention was sustained by that NipTuck guy's eyebrows -- what's up with those things?

TV Set. I thought this was going to be really funny, but there were only a few laugh-out-loud lines. It's more wry, subtle, somewhat Hollywood-insiderish humor. But nevertheless fascinating and informative -- a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a TV show. It explains a lot about what's on TV. In fact, it leaves you wondering how anything really good (The Office, etc.) winds up on TV at all. And speaking of Batemen, there was Justine, first time I'd seen her since Family Ties! She was fine, and it was nice to see a person you remember as young, looking older, but good.



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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #542 on: January 04, 2008, 10:03:26 am »
Pajiba has posted their top 12 list for the year and "Waitress" is their no. 1 choice. I gave that DVD to my mother for Christmas so I'll be seeing it soon. One movie on the list, which I have never heard of, but it sounds interesting, is "Starter for 10." Has anyone here seen it? It's been out on DVD since the summer.

Just curious.

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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #543 on: January 04, 2008, 01:02:43 pm »
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly put out his favorite movies of the year, and "Zodiac" was number 10.  Number one was "I'm Not There."  In between were some surprising picks like "Grindhouse" and "Superbad".

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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #544 on: January 04, 2008, 01:06:13 pm »
"I'm Not There" is finally playing here in Maine, so we're off to see it tomorrow at 2 pm.

"Atonement" opens here today, too, so I may go see that on Sunday.
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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #545 on: January 04, 2008, 01:21:59 pm »
Anyone into period/corset movies as much as I am?  :)

I recently watched the 1995 BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's book The Buccaneers.
The story revolves around the lives of four young women, American aristocrats who travel to England in a quest of love and adventure.
It has about 5 episodes, 302 minutes in total and I absolutely loved it...the costumes, the scenery, the performances.


Another period movie I have watched a few times over the past weeks is Fingersmith (BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel)...quite a Victorian thriller and a beautiful love story between two women who are brought together in a twisted plot of betrayal.
After recently reading the novel, I can't seen to stop myself from popping in the DVD every so often.


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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #546 on: January 04, 2008, 01:41:07 pm »
L - I'm glad you finally get to see I'm Not There.  I am not sure what you will think of it. 

(I haven't read any reviews of Atonement yet.)

I saw Waitress over the holiday and did not particularly care for it.  There were some humerous moments, but all in all, I did not find Keri Russell particularly believable.  Oh, I did love Andy Griffith though!  I was shocked and surprised to read that the director and co-star was killed last November (06).

M - I will add those to my netflix!
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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #547 on: January 04, 2008, 01:42:42 pm »
also on Owen's list was "before the devil knows you're dead", anyone seen that?
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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #548 on: January 04, 2008, 02:02:25 pm »
Anyone into period/corset movies as much as I am?  :)

I recently watched the 1995 BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's book The Buccaneers.
The story revolves around the lives of four young women, American aristocrats who travel to England in a quest of love and adventure.
It has about 5 episodes, 302 minutes in total and I absolutely loved it...the costumes, the scenery, the performances.


Another period movie I have watched a few times over the past weeks is Fingersmith (BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel)...quite a Victorian thriller and a beautiful love story between two women who are brought together in a twisted plot of betrayal.
After recently reading the novel, I can't seen to stop myself from popping in the DVD every so often.

*raises hand*

I'll watch a good 'corset movie' any day. I haven't seen any of the ones you mentioned Milli, although I have heard of the Buccaneers. The BBC has just started showing Sense and Sensibility, a tv adaptation by Andrew Davies. It was announced as 'from the man who brought you Mr. Darcy in a wet shirt'! LOL

It was very good. The next episode is scheduled for next Sunday. Yummy!!

The other day, Pride and Prejudice, the movie was on tv. I started watching it but I didn't like it. This Mr. Darcy was bland and I wasn't much impressed with Kiera Knightly's performance either.

And in spite of the poor reviews, I think I'll go and see Becoming Jane too.
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Re: Resurrecting the Movies thread...
« Reply #549 on: January 04, 2008, 03:45:00 pm »
Pajiba has posted their top 12 list for the year and "Waitress" is their no. 1 choice. I gave that DVD to my mother for Christmas so I'll be seeing it soon. One movie on the list, which I have never heard of, but it sounds interesting, is "Starter for 10." Has anyone here seen it? It's been out on DVD since the summer.

Just curious.

L

I saw Starter for 10!  It's with the man of the hour James McAvoy.  One of those charming and funny British comedies, this one set in the 80s.  It's good but I wouldn't include it in my top ten by any means.