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« Reply #3570 on: February 26, 2014, 11:03:05 AM »

Totally agree with that too. Chloe looks like someone that would be hit on by most guys, not picked on.
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« Reply #3571 on: February 26, 2014, 11:36:53 AM »

Kon-tiki:  Damn some people sure go to great lengths for something they believe in.  I applaud the real men the film was based on.  It's streaming on Netflix, so check it out.

Awesome. I watched the trailer and it looked really good. I think I'm going to read the book first... it's going for about $5 on Amazon.

Kinda on a related note of movie theme about people surviving at sea; I finally got around to "Life of Pi". Epic movie. I can see why it won a few awards. The visuals were amazing. I liked the young and old version of the main character. I nearly teared up at the end. There's another one I may watch too. "All Is Lost" with Robert Redford. The thing is, I heard there wasn't any dialog for the movie. It's literally Redford trying to survive at sea sailing his boat solo.
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« Reply #3572 on: February 26, 2014, 09:43:13 PM »

Skyfall -

It felt like the other Daniel Craig Bond movies, except much better than Quantum, and maybe a tad better than Casino. Still full of ridiculous action scenes that have me rolling my eyes. This one had some great drama. Especially between Bond and M. Entertaining, but I still had issues. Maybe the Bond movies just aren't my thing?
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« Reply #3573 on: February 27, 2014, 01:47:36 PM »

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -

If you like your movies slow, boring, and dumb than this "horror" film is for you. Most of it is underage teenagers drinking lots of booze, smoking weed, taking pills, and having sex with one another until someone gets killed. I know this formula all too well. It can be a guilty pleasure at times if done well, but here it is not even remotely done well. The acting is awful, the dialog is laughable at times, and every character central to the plot lacks any motivation at all. Some people have called this a thinker's slasher. I have no idea how they thought that. The movie does look good though. It has a great vintage horror movie look to it. Amber Heard is clearly the central piece and males will fawn over her, but it isn't nearly enough to sit through this. After 30 minutes I wanted it to end. Jonathon Levine has directed some good movies, but I don't know what he was thinking here.
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« Reply #3574 on: February 27, 2014, 02:34:12 PM »

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -

If you like your movies slow, boring, and dumb than this "horror" film is for you. Most of it is underage teenagers drinking lots of booze, smoking weed, taking pills, and having sex with one another until someone gets killed. I know this formula all too well. It can be a guilty pleasure at times if done well, but here it is not even remotely done well. The acting is awful, the dialog is laughable at times, and every character central to the plot lacks any motivation at all. Some people have called this a thinker's slasher. I have no idea how they thought that. The movie does look good though. It has a great vintage horror movie look to it. Amber Heard is clearly the central piece and males will fawn over her, but it isn't nearly enough to sit through this. After 30 minutes I wanted it to end. Jonathon Levine has directed some good movies, but I don't know what he was thinking here.

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I remember a few of these came up on the Imgur October run.  These sound pretty good.  But if there was ever a hit-or-miss genre (more the latter) then it's horror.

Skyfall -

It felt like the other Daniel Craig Bond movies, except much better than Quantum, and maybe a tad better than Casino. Still full of ridiculous action scenes that have me rolling my eyes. This one had some great drama. Especially between Bond and M. Entertaining, but I still had issues. Maybe the Bond movies just aren't my thing?

The relations were definitely a highlight in the third film.  I also thought diving into the "elusive past" of James Bond was cool too.

Have you seen other Bond films??
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« Reply #3575 on: February 27, 2014, 02:45:46 PM »

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -

If you like your movies slow, boring, and dumb than this "horror" film is for you. Most of it is underage teenagers drinking lots of booze, smoking weed, taking pills, and having sex with one another until someone gets killed. I know this formula all too well. It can be a guilty pleasure at times if done well, but here it is not even remotely done well. The acting is awful, the dialog is laughable at times, and every character central to the plot lacks any motivation at all. Some people have called this a thinker's slasher. I have no idea how they thought that. The movie does look good though. It has a great vintage horror movie look to it. Amber Heard is clearly the central piece and males will fawn over her, but it isn't nearly enough to sit through this. After 30 minutes I wanted it to end. Jonathon Levine has directed some good movies, but I don't know what he was thinking here.

http://imgur.com/gallery/YqlDu

http://imgur.com/a/h243k?gallery

I remember a few of these came up on the Imgur October run.  These sound pretty good.  But if there was ever a hit-or-miss genre (more the latter) then it's horror.

Skyfall -

It felt like the other Daniel Craig Bond movies, except much better than Quantum, and maybe a tad better than Casino. Still full of ridiculous action scenes that have me rolling my eyes. This one had some great drama. Especially between Bond and M. Entertaining, but I still had issues. Maybe the Bond movies just aren't my thing?

The relations were definitely a highlight in the third film.  I also thought diving into the "elusive past" of James Bond was cool too.

Have you seen other Bond films??

I remember seeing those lists last year and adding some films I had not heard of to my watch list. You are so right about horror movies. It is either really good or really bad most of the time. The trailer for Mandy Lane made it look decent. The reviews were mixed, but I gave it a shot. Others should not haha.

Grim has not seen many of the older Bond films from what I remember talking to him. Part of what makes Skyfall so good is the nods and throwbacks to the golden era of Bond (pun intended hehe). I loved it and have seen every single Bond film (watched them all in order last year! Huzzah).
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« Reply #3576 on: February 27, 2014, 08:17:28 PM »

I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
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Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.
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« Reply #3577 on: February 27, 2014, 08:27:54 PM »

I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
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Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.

I actually really admired the 2nd Craig film for just having the two stars kiss then have obligatory sex.  It was a good kiss too...sort-of romantic, but more in  a "thanks for helping save my life, kill the guy who killed my family, and being fucking awesome".  I liked Eva Green in the first film too, but the Bond Girls here were throwaways.  Severine had a lot of potential, but building up her tale of abuse with a surprise shower sex was....just wrong.  The other girl was cool, but down played.

The film was obviously about Bond and M., it probably should have stayed that way.

And while I loved Bardem something was just missing here.  For one, his plan is really long-winded and pretty extravagant to take seriously.  For a guy who seems to have all this money, an island to himself, limitless henchmen, awesome technology, and all these agents he can expose at the drop of a hat the plot quickly and died down into a simple "revenge" plot against M... Equipped with a helicopter.  At an old house. 

I *loved* parts of the film, but really didn't care for the rest at all.
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« Reply #3578 on: February 27, 2014, 08:53:10 PM »

Admittedly, I liked the house bit. If only to see Bond take a defensive position for once.
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« Reply #3579 on: February 27, 2014, 08:57:24 PM »

Admittedly, I liked the house bit. If only to see Bond take a defensive position for once.

My favorite part too.  Loved him playing defence but with, literally, the home field advantage.
The old guy was great too.  if he died I'd have been super sad.
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« Reply #3580 on: February 27, 2014, 09:23:33 PM »

I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
Code:
Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.

Yeah, the problem with using the same actor is that it makes Skyfall look like a sequel to the others, but it has nothing to do with them considering Casino Royale was the start of Bond and this is far later. This was kind of Bond's origin story told when he is past his prime. It does kind of link them to the other films because the male "M" gets introduced after having Judi Dench play it for 20 years. The original "M" was a male in the older Bond films. All of these films have been standalones except for Quantum, which was the very first (and probably last) true sequel in the series. People always try to make a timeline linking the films with certain events that happen, but it is just dumb. There's no point. Anyway, as a tribute to past Bonds and a way to push things forward, they could not have done much better in my opinion. Hopefully Craig lasts another couple of films because he is definitely the best since Connery hands down.

Edit: Relevant link that ironically was posted today about the next installment after Skyfall.
http://collider.com/bond-24-filming-october/

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« Reply #3581 on: February 28, 2014, 10:24:27 AM »

American Hustle -

I had a very hard time getting into this movie. I'm really not fond of 70's anything, so I was shellshocked from the start. Yes, I knew it was a 70s based movie, but it still throws so much at you so quickly, that it takes a minute to become part of it's world. I'll give the movie credit for that. It creates a very convincing time and place. Almost to the point of satire, which made me wonder if that was the point. Some of these characters are so outlandish that they could have been pulled out of a SNL skit. So is the movie in love with the time and it's people, or standing outside mocking it?
The story is the best part, and what made this is all work. very clever.
Christian Bale stood out most among the cast for completely disappearing into his role. he was amazing.
Amy Adams plays very much against type, and was great. her wardrobe assistant(or whoever) deserves an award for those amazing dresses she was in. damn. And speaking of damn, Jennifer Lawrence looked fantastic as well. Her role wasn't that great, and terribly based on stereotypes, but the body on that girl. Wow.
I didn't much like Bradley Cooper in this. He plays himself, except in a 70s costume.
I can understand why this would get the praise and nominations that it did, but I still don't see it as a Best Picture type movie. It just felt like it was trying a bit too hard, and crossed the line into absurd. Still a good movie, just not what they were hoping we all would see it as.
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« Reply #3582 on: February 28, 2014, 11:26:51 AM »

^ Agreed for the most part.

I liked it, but the glowing reviews kind of killed the perspective.  It was "pretty good" or "pretty damn good" but not this "FILM OF THE YEAR" that everyone (ie; critics) was on about.

I liked Amy Adam's dresses, but I hated that they were all the same, literally, she only wears that deep-v-boob-neck-line-dress.  Still, she played an excellent...um, emotional femme fatale?  I also liked Jen Lawrence.  Literally, she was just a giant obnoxious smart-aleck.  Her role wasn't big, but I liked what it was.

The flick had a lot of complicated characters otherwise, and I'm glad there really wasn't a good or bad and played well with a great variety of characters working in teams that help to create a great story play out.

But still...something felt missing.  Maybe it was the reviews touting it as more than it is.
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« Reply #3583 on: February 28, 2014, 01:51:38 PM »

I still haven't seen this film but it comes out on DVD soon. I really love Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence as actresses, them being hot is just a plus haha. Big fan of Christian Bale too, but like Grim I'm not that high on Bradley Cooper.
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« Reply #3584 on: February 28, 2014, 02:09:01 PM »

I still haven't seen this film but it comes out on DVD soon. I really love Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence as actresses, them being hot is just a plus haha. Big fan of Christian Bale too, but like Grim I'm not that high on Bradley Cooper.

I get annoyed at him for something else...HIS CROOKED EYES, AUUUGHG

I like him (Silver Lining Playbook was a great role for him), but he's definitely guilty of "Bradley Cooper acting like Bradley Cooper".

Frankly, I think you get that a lot in general.  I guess there's that "specialization" for a person and giving more what the people like and what the directors think you're good at.  Kinda like artist's drawing "same-y" looking people or musicians's music starting to sound alike.  I think that's why character actors are a really big deal (the Gary Oldmans, Meryl Streeps, and Sam Rockwells of acting).
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