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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:47 am    Post subject: Seen any good flics recently? Reply with quote

Or any other type of entertainment?

This past weekend I went to see a superb film - "Freedom Writers". Has anyone else seen this flic? Anyway I recommend it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Children of Men recently. Excellent movie.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TS. wrote:
I saw Children of Men recently. Excellent movie.


I saw it a few days ago. Brilliant, very moving, without cheap manipulation. Worth seeing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and after you see it you can contribute to our spoiler allowed discussion Wink hint hint!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if Bobby has opened in Canada yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Does anyone know if Bobby has opened in Canada yet?


It came and went quite quickly here in Toronto. I'm sure the scathing reviews helped speed up its exit from the theatres.

In case anyone is interested, David Lynch is discussing bring his new film to the Cinemateque in Toronto, possibly in March or April. He's bypassed official distribution in theatre chains and has been touring the film from city to city, including discussions with the audience afterward.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happened with Terry Gilliam's Tideland? I'm an on again/off again fan of Gilliam's, some of his stuff is a bit too visually and thematically extravagant for my minimalist tastes, but I was looking forward to that one.

I heard something about not being able to find a distributor? When I was in Edmonton last month, I heard something about it playing at Metro Cinema, which is run a small film society who don't even have their own theatre. I was kind of surprised.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think they were having much success in the theatres. It is being released to DVD rather soon (Feb 27th).

Tideland would be an interesting comparison to Pan's Labyrinth. The movies use children's fantasies in similar ways in somewhat similar contexts.

Gilliam has always been even further on the edge of his imagination though. And this doesn't always work out for him very well. Though I heard they are trying to put funding back together for Don Quixote...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't think they were having much success in the theatres.


Surprising, and I say that as someone who is lukewarm at best about Gilliam's overall canon. I always firgured who was the kind of director who was pretty much guaranteed to do at least semi-respectable box office.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He has a tendancy to be boom or bust I think. And his 'special status' really is as a cult film director more than anything... so I think that makes him a risk for big distribution companies who aren't after long term markets.

It was being distributed by ThinkFilms which doesn't really do major releases, only to independent movie theatres it seems.

I think the movie was a love-hate in all the reviews as well, which probably meant the theatre owners who like Gilliam got it, those that don't didn't.
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It ran in a few theatres here in Toronto for a few weeks. No distribution problems that I could see.

The critical response to this particular film had the effect of breaking down an old cliche regarding Gilliam - the cliche that the studios/corporate interests prevented him from realizing his full potential. The rather cool critical response was often accompanied by comments along the lines of ,"gee, maybe he needs someone to reign in his indulgences after all," or worse: "gee, Gilliam isn't that great of a film-maker when given free reign or when suffering studio interference."

Even more damning, many former unconditional supporters of Gilliam found Tideland rather underwhelming.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although it was out a while ago, I suggest picking up The Prestige on DVD when it comes out in February. It was a great movie. BTW has anyone seen Babel? thoughts of it? I heard it was pretty stupid.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Children of Men this past weekend and really enjoyed it. Enough so that I want to read the novel it was based on by PD James.

I get the impression that Babel may have been over-ambitious but I still want to see it. I also want to see lots of the other Oscar nominees. Seems like some darker and thought-provoking films are up for the awards.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw "Children of Men" last night.
A good movie. I'm glad that I wasn't stoned. It would've been a downer.





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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw Pan's Labyrinth. I thought it was very good. Though again what is with the direct depiction of violence in films?

A very powerful film, and contrary to Mel Gibson's use of violence, you come out feeling conscientiously disgusted by humanity (rather than at Mel Gibson's portrayal of Christ).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Children of Men last night, and was very impressed. Funny -- from the trailer I thought it looked pretty dumb, but it was damn-near flawlessly executed.

The cinematography was simply amazing. I didn't realize it until afterwards, but I'm pretty sure the staggering battle scene at the end was done in one continuous shot, probably about fifteen shell-shocking minutes long. I'm gonna have to see it again to make sure.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparqui wrote:

I get the impression that Babel may have been over-ambitious but I still want to see it.


Boring, overrated, embarrassing. I utterly fail to understand the hype.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We watched 24-hour Party People.

Fun movie. Steve Coogan (the actor who played Tristram Shandy) [also a good movie] is in it.

He plays Tony Wilson, ... Manchester dude who created "Factory Records" and recorded acts like "Joy Division" (who weren't nazis apparently) and "The Happy Mondays."

It's not a total scream. It's pretty ugly and dark in places, but there's lots of humour too.
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I loved 24 Hour Party People a great movie - Michael Winterbottom is really an interesting filmmaker. Loved the bit with Howard deVoto in the washroom.

In a similar vein, It's All Gone Pete Tong was a highly enjoyable true story about club culture by the Canadian feller who made Fubar. Highly recommended.
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babblerwannabe wrote:
Blood Diamonds!


Speaking of which (Leo DiCaprio), I watched the Aviator a while back. Yeah, I'm a bit slow, eh. But it was decent. The exploration of Howard Hughes mental illness, while not 100% historically accurate, was quite interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Letters from Iwo Jima" last weekend. Eastwood made a human story in a war setting, rather than a "war movie". Captured every loss of live (human and otherwise) exactly as it should be done.

And Ken Watanabe is just freaking awesome.
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It's on disc and in color. The 1974 performance of Cyrano de Bergerac with Peter Donat and Marsha Mason in the lead roles. Theirs and the whole caste - what an incredible performance.

You may need to have the Kleenex ready at the end.
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speaking of decaprio, again (and damon, and nicholson), i saw The Departed on the plane to ottawa this week. it was a good hollywood/scorsese viiolence flick. unfortunately i had to watch it over two flights and the first flight ended just before the ending which i hadn't really anticipated. but when i picked it up on the second flight well, it lost a bit of the shock value.

was Tideland the gilliam flick they shot in Regina or has that one yet to come out?

i read Miriam Toews' a boy of good breeding this week. a good book and i think it would make an excellent movie.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"Letters from Iwo Jima" last weekend. Eastwood made a human story in a war setting, rather than a "war movie". Captured every loss of live (human and otherwise) exactly as it should be done.

And Ken Watanabe is just freaking awesome.


I haven't seen it yet, but my impression is they have wasted academy awards on Eastwood, and that this movie probably in comparison is the one which he deserves it for.
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elmateo wrote:
I just saw Pan's Labyrinth. I thought it was very good. Though again what is with the direct depiction of violence in films?


I was incredibly impressed by Pan's Labyrinth. I thought every single performance was amazing--the kind of performances that you don't think of as a performance until after the movie when you start talking about it. Everyone just inhabited their roles note-perfect, merging into the story. And that includes the kid. As to the violence . . . well, I think there's a political point being made there. I mean, there's all kinds of movies about Nazi Germany, say, and they always tend to convey the chilling indifference to life of the Nazi ideology; you expect slaughter and nowadays if anything it can be conveyed almost shorthand.

But with the Spanish civil war and Franco, a lot of people don't know anything about it, or just have this vague notion that Franco was sort of authoritarian maybe, and there was this war. Maybe they'll think of Nazi involvement in Guernica. But in fact, the civil war and its aftermath were full of horrific, systematic massacres. In many ways the Spanish fascists were as frightening as the Nazis, but instead of Jews the enemy they picked was basically the entire majority impoverished class. Of course they couldn't kill them all because they needed their work, but reading just bits of the history gave me the distinct impression that they wished they could.
I think the film is working hard to convey that reality.

Meanwhile, I'm a fantasy fan but I kind of expected the fantastic elements to jar, but they were amazing, more than just well-integrated, the story would have been incomplete and shallower without them.
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I saw Pan's Labyrinth last night, and I quite liked it. I didn't know what it would be about; the element of surprise is always neat, tho it wasn't a children's movie like I thought it'd be. I spent a lot of time huddled with my face under my hoodie and my arm grabbing my buddy's arm (especially with the rabbit-hunting scene).

As we were leaving the theatre, two young men behind us had a conversation that ended something like this:
Guy one: "So much violence! All those Germans shooting at each other and stuff."
Guy two: "Yeah, a lot of violence. They were Italians tho, not Germans."
It was very hard not to correct them or laugh really hard, but I managed to. Well, I didn't laugh until they were out of earshot.

I found the large insect to be really annoying, that was my only beef with the show.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone seen

March of the Penguins

I'd be interested in your opinions about it.
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leftcoastguy wrote:
Has anyone seen

March of the Penguins

I'd be interested in your opinions about it.


Saw it, loved it. Beautiful cinematography, and they didn't anthropomorphise the penguins (I think I remember reading somewhere that they were originally thinking of having penguin "characters" with voice-overs, thank Whoever they thought better of it). You really get caught up in the lives of the penguins, including the starkness and challenge they face, but also their sheer determination. And you get a strong sense of the Antarctic. Highly recommended.
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It is a beautiful film. I think it was Morgan Freeman who did the narration.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that this is a good film, but I saw a bit of "American Psycho" on TV recently. I had seen parts of it before.

I don't get it.

Can anyone explain what the picture's supposed to be about?
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Well, it's an adaptation of a popular novel, which I haven't read but heard was crappy. It was a bestseller however, so hence, a movie version.

But I liked the movie. It's meant to show the sickness of a predatory psychopath as a natural extension of American ideology in the 80's. It doesn't entirely succeed in this, and some of it is just ugly and unnecessary, or pointless, but Christian Bale carries the movie with his charisma so its shortcomings aren't significant. Funny, intense film.
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Amy Grace wrote:
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I found the large insect to be really annoying, that was my only beef with the show.


But it was so critical to the melding of the fantasy and the real ->fairy to insect (or otherway around).
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I actually didn't mind the transition between insect and fairy, what irritated me about the insect (not the fairy, tho) was the loud fake-sounding clicks and such.
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So I have now watched "March of the Penguins". What an incredible film! I cannot recommend it enough as it is truly an amazin' documentary. The photographers did an absolutely superb job under what must have been very trying circumstances. But nowhere near as difficult as what these Emperor Penguins endure. Nature is captured in one of its finest moments here.
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March of the Penguins was an awsome show.

I just watched the Protector. It was not too bad, actually interesting. I wonder if there are really people like that who "protect" elephants in that way?

The Kung Fu effects were pretty good and sort of reminded me of the old Bruce Lee movies where he beats up 5oo guys throughout the movie.

I would say 8/10.


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March of the Penguins??? But, but... we're not even halfway through *February* yet!!!
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I saw Smokin' Aces. It's damn good if you like seeing everyone in a movie die (or if you just like seeing Ben Affleck die). I highly reccomend it if you're not offended by shoot-em-ups.

I also saw Because I Told You So. My girlfriend wanted to go. I was trying to slit my wrists with the admission ticket.
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Anybody seen it? Gonna see it?

Black Snake Moan


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We went n saw "Zodiac" and it was good. Horrible crimes and clues that lead nowhere, ... great 70's era feel to it as well.
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300 was entertaining. It included all the important things for a movie to have, partial nudity, blood, gore, nearly constant fighting and corny one liners. It was supposed to be based on Frank Miller's adaptation of the battle of Thermopylae, so if you've seen Sin City, then you'll sort of know what your in for. Although its a little more photo realistic than Sin City is.
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Today, on a completely hedonistic splurge:
1. Idiocracy. It lived up to its name. I am officially rilly rilly dumb now. Only bonus: Luke Wilson: was a co-star in one of my favourite X-files episode "Bad Blood". :::sigh::: he is gorgeous.
2. SNAKES ON A PLANE!. To complete the lowering of my intelligence. Still.... "I AM SICK OF THESE MOTHERFUCKING SNAKES ON THIS MOTHERFUCKING PLANE!" ranks as the best lines in a movie. I plan to adopt it as my trademark exclamation, to be used in most situations.
3. The Last King of Scotland. Excellent. All around excellent. One of those movies you need to see again to get the full flavour. Forest was well rewarded with the Oscar.
4. The Queen. I really wanted to hate this movie. I don't. The actors were spot on. The only part I didn't like was it made me kinda like Tony Blair. A must see for anyone who enjoys good acting and a well written story.
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Oh yeah! He was the small-town sherriff who happened to be a vampire right?

I hardly saw any "X-Files" but for some reason i saw that one and i know exactly what you're talking about.
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"300" didn't get a very good review from the movie dude that CBC Radio has on Friday afternoons out of Vancouver. He said it was bretty much a low-rent, brainless "swords 'n sandals" gore-fest that would appeal to young men wrapped up in the myth of machismo.

Sounds skippable.

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Tony Blair was in that movie too?!?! This should be interesting... Razz

In other news, I finally saw "Lord of The Rings" Smile Not too shabby.
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thwap wrote:
Oh yeah! He was the small-town sherriff who happened to be a vampire right?

I hardly saw any "X-Files" but for some reason i saw that one and i know exactly what you're talking about.

My favourite line in that episode: "I was drugged!" heeee.

Also, in "The King of Scotland", Gillian Anderson (Scully) plays a part.

Luvs me some X-files stuff, yes I do...
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Vansterdam Kid wrote:
300 was entertaining. It included all the important things for a movie to have, partial nudity, blood, gore, nearly constant fighting and corny one liners. It was supposed to be based on Frank Miller's adaptation of the battle of Thermopylae, so if you've seen Sin City, then you'll sort of know what your in for. Although its a little more photo realistic than Sin City is.


I saw it and my mind could not get out of politico-mode so I found it highly disturbing. It felt way too analogous to killing people in Iraq - with such a painful emphasis on being 'free' (my ass - the Spartans took hundreds of slaves with them who also would have fought and died by the end but without the armour etc.). For what it was - maybe it was well done. But I couldn't get over the fact that the Persians were black. . . even if this was the comic book's presentation it is pretty stupid and racist.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hephaestion wrote:
In other news, I finally saw "Lord of The Rings" Smile Not too shabby.


Shocked How on earth did you manage to avoid them for so long?

The first one? The original or extended edition? The entire trilogy in one sitting???

I remember really thinking I was going to hate LOTR when the Fellowship of the Ring came out. Some dude from New Zealand who'd done horror flicks was messing with the sacred work? But I was blown away, especially by the Black Riders. So the first one remains my favourite.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vansterdam Kid wrote:
300 was entertaining. It included all the important things for a movie to have, partial nudity, blood, gore, nearly constant fighting and corny one liners. It was supposed to be based on Frank Miller's adaptation of the battle of Thermopylae, so if you've seen Sin City, then you'll sort of know what your in for. Although its a little more photo realistic than Sin City is.


Entertaining *is* the right word. I saw it last night and I had to try really hard to not cackle all the way through it. Man, it was worse than... Speed 2. And the part where whassisface is posed like Jesus on the cross...? ACK! And the pit!?! What the hell was that? "Ooh, hey! Whoever has the deepest "bottomless" pit in their courtyard is the best King!" Rolling Eyes

Worst. Movie. Evar!


I also just saw Casino Royale last week. Seriously awesome. I would've liked it better if the poker scenes were shorter -- I am so against this poker fad that seems to be around in the past year or so, but otherwise it was rad. The new James Bond is super, and a klutz. (Keep in mind that I LOVE James Bond Movies)
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