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Postby flipp525 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:45 pm

The title is starting to annoy me, frankly.
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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:43 pm

I understand why people like it but if you are going to go overboard on the hyperkinetic excesses of Danny Boyle's stylings of which I have enjoyed in the past, then there must be the foundation for relatable characterization and 'Slumdog Millionaire' is strongly lacking in some of those areas. I don't blame the actors, I blame the script and the director's lack of interest in character. Dev Patel is fantastic with what he is given but his character is a total blank slate. I don't think it's outwardly a bad movie but I was disappointed its simplistic intention to fetishize slumdog rise and fall. I like 'City of God', and didn't like 'Across the Universe' for many reasons, but I think those movies were far purer in at least filmic intent.
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Postby OscarGuy » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:34 pm

I've seen Slumdog and I like it. I don't love it, but I like quite a bit of it. Dev Patel does turn in a wonderful performance, though some of the rest of the cast are less than impressive. I think if you took the frenetic storytelling of City of God and blended in the Aww Gosh romanticism of Across the Universe, you might have Slumdog Millionaire.
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Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:18 pm

I'm surprised that it seems not many on this board has seen it already. It's not just that 'Slumdog Millionaire' isn't the second coming. It's that I struggle to even recommend the damn thing. One would have to be positively inept to fuck up the most charming aspects of the film, but it's something of a jittery disaster that's intermittently ranging from enjoyable to very enjoyable. I think it has a strong chance of winning Best Picture but it will rank beside 'Crash' and 'A Beautiful Mind' as infuriating winners; at least one can sit through 'Crash' and 'A Beautiful Mind' and not throttle into seizure.

The score by A.R. Rahman is very good.
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Postby Heksagon » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:12 pm

I haven't watched a lot of films lately... these are five most recent ones:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919) 10/10

One of my personal favourites, I hadn't seen it in a long time.

Man of Aran (Robert J. Flaherty, 1934) 9/10
Seven Brothers (Wilho Ilmari, 1939) 5.5/10
The Five Venoms (Chang Cheh, 1978) 5/10
The Moment of Truth (Francesco Rosi, 1965) 5.5/10

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Postby Penelope » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:23 am

flipp525 wrote:
Sabin wrote:Slumdog Millionaire
5.5/10

Probably not this bad but despite moments of grandness, as disingenuous as anything this year.

Good. I'm sick of hearing that it's the second coming of Jesus Christ already.

Amen to that.
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Postby flipp525 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:42 am

Sabin wrote:Slumdog Millionaire
5.5/10

Probably not this bad but despite moments of grandness, as disingenuous as anything this year.

Good. I'm sick of hearing that it's the second coming of Jesus Christ already.
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Postby dreaMaker » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:14 am

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
6.5/10

Much weaker than the first installment, but still cute and warm.

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Postby Sabin » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:53 pm

Milk
8.5/10

Just not sure of greatness, but still pretty great.


Slumdog Millionaire
5.5/10

Probably not this bad but despite moments of grandness, as disingenuous as anything this year.
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Postby Reza » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:49 pm

Iphigenia (Michael Cacoyannis, 1977) 7/10

Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven, 1992) 6/10

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Postby dreaMaker » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:16 pm

Be Kind Rewind

7.5

So sweet. :)

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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:01 pm

Dangerous Crossing (1953; Joseph M. Newman) 6/10

Wealthy bride (Jeanne Crain) starts to go nuts when her husband goes missing on a trans-Atlantic voyage...and nobody believes her story. This kind of tale is always suspenseful, and here there are some neat "scares," but they telegraph the solution far too soon and Crain's histrionics are a bit much.
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Postby Reza » Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:24 am

Dostana (Tarun Mansukhani, 2008) 8/10

Corny...but funny plot. The ''tame'' sex factor gets it a high rating from me....pure Baywatch nonsense....with sexy Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham in various forms of undress on and off the beach. The songs are great fun.




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Postby abcinyvr » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:51 am

Unashamedly...

Scrooged 8/10

I admit it, I love this movie and have seen it more than a dozen times - but not for several years. The rest of the cast outshines Murray - including Carol Kane, John Forsythe, Robert Mitchum, Bobcat Goldthwait (seven Oscar nominees in all). The film moves very fast and doesn't get bogged down sticking too closely to the Dickens short story. Very funny even when I know all the lines: "Have you tried staples?", "The bitch hit me with a toaster".
And, granted, Groundhog Day is a better version of the cranky Bill Murray story. But I still prefer this.

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Postby Okri » Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:58 am

Penelope wrote:
Okri wrote:Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, 2004)

6/10 (maybe 7/10)

Solid first half hour, terrible second half hour, great final forty-five minutes. But that second act was atrocious.

What's wrong with the second act? I loved this movie from beginning to end.

I didn't buy anything in it. In fact, it was so bad I nearly turned the film off. The things that bugged me in the first act just came into fully formed "oh, come ons" in the second act.

MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS (highlight the following to read)

[color=white]1. We're supposed to believe our main character, Antoine, doesn't drink all that often. But going to pick up his kids from summer camp is so trying that he feels the need to go to every bar along the way. Really? I'll buy it if I have to, but it didn't strike me as being completely plausible.

2. After his wife disappears, he's frantically trying to look for her. When he misses the train, he drives to the next town, so he's clearly very concerned. When he gets there and has missed it, he GOES TO A BAR, tries to buy a guy drink, and generally behaves as an ass. Again, really?

3. The film repeatedly telegraphs the fact that Antoinne will, in fact, run into the prison escapee - the radio, the bartender, the road blockade, so the aforementioned moment in the bar, which already pissed me off, becomes even more unbearable (you can practically hear the film screeching to a halt) when it finally happens.

4. Of course, he has to give the guy a ride. By this point, I was in no mood to ignore the implausibility of the situation, nor did I buy the psychological motivation. I expect this from a bad Hollywood horror film, not a "brilliant, sinister, French thriller" - courtesy Stephen Holden

5. Speaking of implausiblity, we're eventually asked to buy that the man Antoine picks up raped and assaulted his wife on the train.


Additionally to all that, the second act is marked by a sheer lack of tension. There's a great image in the end (the bloody escapee and Antoine's terrified faced) which convinced me to continue on, and I'm glad I did, because largely speaking, the final act is terrific, but sakes alive, I hated that half hour.[/color]


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