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Postby Cinemanolis » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:14 am

The Reader 8/10

A mature picture that isn't kind to it's characters, but sincere. A brave performance from Kate Winslet and another wonderful performance this year for Ralph Fiennes. Even better is the young David Kross in a difficult role. Very good job in Music Score and Make up. David Hare should also be nominated for this.

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Postby Damien » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:01 am

A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Despechin, 2008) 8/10
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Postby Penelope » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:17 am

Dostana (2008; Tarun Mansukhani) 6/10

See the "John Abraham plays gay" thread for review.
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Postby Sabin » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:31 pm

Forgetting Sarah Marshall - 5.5/10

Funny. Androcentric man-child cinema that at least bothers to be funny and there's something to be said for that. Russell Brand is hilarious.




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Postby Cinemanolis » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:22 pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 8/10

Wonderful movie, long but never boring. I don't expect to find a better movie in the Make-up and Visual Effects departmants. Especially in the latter as the visual effects are forwarding the story and not showing off. This movie should be a major player in the Sound category as they have altered the voices of Pitt and Blanchett for their various ages. Of cource sure nominations in Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music Score, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction categories. Taraji P.Henson is also very good, Brad Pitt is wonderful (maybe the best performance of his career), but the standout is Cate Blanchett who gives a superb performance and could be a suprise Best Actress nominee.
A beautiful and impressive movie.

Tomorrow is the press screening of 'The Reader'. I hope it's as good as i want it to be.




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Postby OscarGuy » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:02 am

Well, you can criticize the book but remember Paolini was actually just a child when he wrote it, so it can't be expected to be some great work of fiction...
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Postby dreaMaker » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:05 am

Eragon (2006)

1/10

Creators of this blasphemy should be executed.
Direction is shameful, Ed Speleers is horrible, as well as everybody else. Christopher Paolini wrote a poor book, but this screenplay is a total disaster.
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Postby Sabin » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:45 am

Burn After Reading - 8/10

Remains both political and apolitical, refusing to stem into intricacies but understands and vocalizes like very few films I've seen that our governmental intelligence is innately reactively and that communication is human and prone to error. This is the story of just as big a bumblefuck as our entry into Iraq but domestic and on a smaller scale as intelligence is desperately strived to be made out of something that is anything but culminating in an epilogual-punchline-as-third act that is among the most prescient choices of the Coen Brothers' careers. On the horizon, the boogeyman brings change, not death as in No Country for Old Men, which may be less welcome. So we have a film that operates as a political/social/and formal satire and manages to be funny as hell and light on its feet. The entire ensemble is guided towards the goofiest performances of the Coen Brothers' careers since Raising Arizona and after a series of comedic misfires I was grateful.
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Postby Heksagon » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:16 am

Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant) 3.5/10
--What a listless movie. It looks like the actors are reading straight from cue-cards.

Good Guys Wear Black 0/10

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones) 4/10
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Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick) 4.5/10
--A rehearsal piece

Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr) 7/10

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Postby abcinyvr » Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:05 pm

Reza wrote:Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008) 6/10

...Penn is superb and Josh Brolin also very good. I don't see why Emile Hirsch and particularly James Franco are being talked about in terms of awards consideration.

I have to agree about Hirsch. His performance is actually a little embarrassing - it is what Penn's' could have been if he had not nailed it.

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Postby Sabin » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:56 pm

Role Models - 6.5/10
The .5 is because this is probably the funniest out-and-out comedy of the year. David Wain encourages a lot of humor on the margins of this film and while the core of the film is incredibly formulaic, the entire cast especially Paul Rudd are hilarious and make it worthwhile. I thought this was a PG-13 film and was shocked to hear the profanity so I was a little caught off-guard by the F-bombs which might elevate it a little in my estimation.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:39 am

dreaMaker wrote:I'm Not There (2007)

3/10

Some very good performances (especially Cate Blanchett), but extremely boring, dull and pretentious.

My sentiments exactly except for Blanchett's over-rated stunt performance which I loathed.
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Postby flipp525 » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:54 am

dreaMaker wrote:I'm Not There (2007)

3/10

Some very good performances (especially Cate Blanchett), but extremely boring, dull and pretentious.

Charlotte Gainsbourg is the standout in the ensemble, IMO, but Blanchett is also quite good.
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Postby dreaMaker » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:28 am

I'm Not There (2007)

3/10

Some very good performances (especially Cate Blanchett), but extremely boring, dull and pretentious.

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Postby Reza » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:45 am

Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008) 6/10

Informative history lesson. Penn is superb and Josh Brolin also very good. I don't see why Emile Hirsch and particularly James Franco are being talked about in terms of awards consideration.


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