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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:45 am

The Way We Laughed (1998) Gianni Amelio 7/10

Aspen (1991) Frederick Wiseman 5/10

A Bit of Scarlet (1997) Andrea Weiss 3/10

Doubt (2008) John Patrick Stanley 4/10

The Small Black Room (1949) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger 7/10
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Postby FilmFan720 » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:19 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. It lays its themes on a little thick, but the three hours flew by and I appreciated that it stuck to a strong narrative rather than try to fit Benjamin into the political and historical world around him. The cast is at top form here, most of them doing better work than their recent output suggests, and Fincher's storytelling skills are strong. Watching him develop in the past two years, from flashy, kinetic, hipster director to a fluid student of emotion has been a treat.
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Postby Okri » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:11 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 6/10

Whatever. Gorgeous to look out, thin underneath, surprisingly dull overall.

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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:19 pm

Brideshead Revisited (Julian Jarrold) 7.5

It's not the mini-series, though it was filmed at the same castle.

The emphasis in the film is on the love triangle between Charles, Sebastian and Julia. Sebastian's homosexuality, inferred in the novel and the mini-series is made explicit in the film. Up-and-comers Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell have the principal roles with Michael Gambon as Sebastian and Julia's father and Greta Scacchi as his mistress in brief but compelling performances. The standout, however, is Emma Thompson as their mother in a virtuoso grand dame performance worthy of an Edna May Oliver or an Edith Evans.

Art direction, costume design and cinematography are Oscar worthy though unlikely as is, alas, a nomination for Thompson.
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Postby abcinyvr » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:06 pm

Heksagon wrote:Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder) 10/10
--Another film that I hadn't seen in a long time.

Did not see this until a year or so ago, and I do not see how it missed out on a BP nomination. Perhaps it was overshadowed by From Here to Eternity.
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Postby Penelope » Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:42 pm

Bride Wars (2009; Gary Winick) 6/10

I'm easy. The critics are already declaring this the worst movie of the year; yeah, it's a by-the-numbers, predictable comedy that emphasizes slapstick over wit. But I laughed out loud quite a few times, and the likable, attractive cast (especially the men--Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Michael Arden--yummy!) keep it humming along at a comfortable pace.
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Postby Damien » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:18 am

Cinemanolis wrote:However near the end of the movie there were about 7 minutes of screentime watching the guests of the party dancing and eating. That part of the film was really a torture.

At least during those scenes no one was spouting the hideous dialogue.
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Postby Heksagon » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:10 am

Orfeu Negro (Marcel Camus) 7/10
--Disappointing. It's not bad, but I had hoped it would be better

Wild Hogs (Walt Becker) 4/10

High Sierra (Raoul Walsh) 9/10
--Previously, I had only seen this film as a teenager. I liked it more now.

Dodes'kaden (Akira Kurosawa) 8.5/10
--Not necessarily the type of film that brings out the best of Kurosawa, but it's still a solid piece of film-making

Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder) 10/10
--Another film that I hadn't seen in a long time.

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Postby Cinemanolis » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:47 am

Damien wrote:Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme 2008)
1/10
Sheer torture.

Ok, i didn't think it was that bad. I actually liked the performances of DeWitt, Irwin and Hathaway. However near the end of the movie there were about 7 minutes of screentime watching the guests of the party dancing and eating. That part of the film was really a torture.

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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:04 am

Adjustment and Work (1986) Frederick Wiseman 5/10

C Block (1994) Zeki Demirkubuz 6/10

Marley and Me (2008) David Frankel 4/10

Yes Man (2008) Peyton Reed 4/10

Typically lame Jim Carrey comedy.

Seven Pounds (2008) Gabriele Muccino 1/10

One of the most preposterous and offensive films I have ever experienced. Is Will Smith trying to be the new Denzel Washington?
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:52 am

Re-watched:

Brokeback Mountain 10/10

Election 10/10
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Postby Damien » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:31 pm

rain Bard wrote:Like father, like daughter, Damien?

I had forgotten that the movie was written by the Spawn of Satan (I didn't stick around for the credits -- I bolted as soon as it was (mercifully) over). But interestingly, while enduring it, the other film Rachel most put me in mind of was the nearly as hateful Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.

Jenny Lumet is Lena Horne's granddaughter, so there should be some talent somewhere in those genes. (Lena once referred to Sidney as "evil.")




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Postby barrybrooks8 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:28 pm

Loverboy (Kevin Bacon, dir.) 3/10 Pretty terrible. Annoying script.
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Postby rain Bard » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:49 pm

Like father, like daughter, Damien?

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Postby Eric » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:03 pm

And that movie's love/hate streak continues.


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