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Postby Reza » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:13 am

Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008) 7/10

I must confess I'm not a fan of American politics so was not looking forward to this film. However, I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this thriller-like film and learning a little about Nixon. Langella is very good and Sheen matches him every step of the way. Although I hope Sheen gets a role soon that does not require him to play straight man as in The Queen and now here.

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Postby Penelope » Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:52 pm

The Reader (2008; Stephen Daldry) 8/10
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Postby Hustler » Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:52 am

The Tracker (Rolf De Heer) 8/10. I know. This film arrived pretty late to my country. Anyway, it´s a gem.



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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:45 am

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 7/10

Gorgeous to look at and moving at times but so depressing. Death hung heavily over the whole film and everyone in it.

My Winnipeg (2007) Guy Maddin 10/10 (Repeat viewing)

Maddin's best work to date this doco/drama continues some of his on-going obsessions including mother fixation and ice hockey. A lovely poetic piece with a knockout performance by Ann Savage (Detour).

Journey's End (1930) James Whale 6/10

Very early talkie that despite its long running time (just under 130 minutes) and stagey origins is rather fluid.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 4/10
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:30 am

The Reader

9/10

Only a couple of MINOR issues for me. Beautiful performances from Kross and Winslet. I can only agree with a Supporting push if it works in her favor.


Speaking of category fraud, now that Philip Seymour Hoffman has NO CHANCE at a nomination for Synecdoche, New York, why don't they push him for lead now? He is clearly a lead.
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Postby Sabin » Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:17 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - (EDIT) whatever grade I gave Slumdog Millionaire + .5 for being such a difficult story to tell in the first place and maybe another + .5 for never boring me and simply remaining beatless and problematic. (EDIT)

In having no idea how to gauge this film's accomplishments, I will simply take Penelope's current grade and feel free to rocket or plummet later. David Fincher doesn't really *do* scenes, does he? He doesn't isolate the moments in which people decide to do things, which is why he works best with protagonists clear-cut by voice-over or archtype. He has neither here.




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Postby barrybrooks8 » Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:05 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

8.5/10 (for now)

Fantastic cinematography, seamless editing, and Taraji P. Henson shines. Sometimes looks too much like a Ralph Lauren ad.


Doubt

10/10

I loved every minute of it.
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Postby Penelope » Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:51 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008; David Fincher) 7/10

No time to write something more thorough; let's just say it's Forrest Gump redux, but instead of an idiot it's a non-entity who sails through life. A great looking film with some occasionally terrific moments that's ultimately rather empty.
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Postby Cinemanolis » Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:10 pm

Slumdog Millionaire 7/10

Very nice film. Having won so many awards i expected much more though. I hate when this happens, good films are so much overpraised that when i see them, i feel a bit disappoined even though they were fine. Patel was just good, wonderful job in Cinematography, Editing and Music Score. Wonderful screenplay, i wasn't cazy about Boyle's work though (again because i had heard so many positive things about it).
P.S. The final question of 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' was perhaps the easiest of them all.

Revolutionary Road 7/10

I really wanted to love this film. Well i liked it, but wasn't blown away or anything. Both Di Caprio and Winslet are excellent. I can now understand why Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon didn't have the precursors' attention as expected. They both have very small roles, Shannon in particular (even though wonderful) had only 2 scenes.




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Postby Reza » Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:09 am

Changeling (Clint Eastwood, 2008) 5/10

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Postby Sabin » Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:47 am

Quantum of Solace - 5/10

Almost underrated at this point. Wrongheaded in a noble way. They think that we care about the plot of Casino Royale rather than the glorious Bondiness of it.
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Postby Bog » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:07 am

Contempt (1963; Godard) 8/10

revived again on the big screen with beautiful cinemascope....a classic

Milk 8/10

Slumdog Millionaire 6/10




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Postby Eric » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:50 am

Rachel Getting Married (*** ... maybe even an extra half-star in there; I'm grading pretty conservatively this year, but this movie is real deal)

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Postby Cinemanolis » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:07 pm

dreaMaker wrote:
Cinemanolis wrote:The Reader 8/10

Very good job in Music Score and Make up. David Hare should also be nominated for this.

Honestly, i don't like the music from The Reader that much, even though i worked on it... :/ Don't know why, it just doesn't fit the story that good... (imho)

I liked it because it was not distracting or very-showy, while in the same time it helped the tone and the pace of the storytelling.

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Postby dreaMaker » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:37 pm

Cinemanolis wrote:The Reader 8/10

Very good job in Music Score and Make up. David Hare should also be nominated for this.

Honestly, i don't like the music from The Reader that much, even though i worked on it... :/ Don't know why, it just doesn't fit the story that good... (imho)


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