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Title: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: RiverSpirit on February 08, 2013, 11:21:28 PM
Have you seen a movie lately that you just want to tell the world about?

Was it the best movie you have seen in a long time, or ever?

Or did you just sit through something horrible that you want to warn us about?

Well, here is the place to tell us all about what you have been watching.  Be honest, people do have differing opinions. Just remember, if you don't agree...be nice  :D
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Maraudingdon on April 01, 2013, 07:42:53 AM
I've seen two movies this Easter weekend:

Oz The Great and Powerful - visually stunning but totally meh in terms of story.

Jack the Giant Slayer - pretty good special effects, but didn't really get going until the last 20 minutes. It has Ewan McGregor in it though so that was a saver  :hearts:!

I'm totally psyched about seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness next month though. Benedict Cumberbatch  :heart: is the baddie and I will be totally rooting for him! I love anything J.J. Abrams does.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: varza on April 01, 2013, 07:49:15 AM
Just watched Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins... kinda weird and could have done without Scarlett Johanson but fascinating to watch. Its about the making of Psycho, learned a lot of new things about what happened around the filming.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Kickassnoodle on May 05, 2013, 09:00:23 AM
Last night, I watched the latest adaptation of Wuthering Heights (This one (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181614/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)). I didn't think anything could top the Juliette Binoche + Ralph Fiennes version from the 90s, but I just had to check it out, mostly because of Kaya Scodelario and because Andrea Arnold (the writer and director of the film) also did another (creepy and weird) film that I enjoyed (Fish Tank). And, well, this new adaptation left me with rather mixed feelings. Firstly, I'm not sure how I feel about the many changes they made to the story and things they left out - it made the story a lot more depressing and gritty than I remember from the book.

Then there's the cinematography and photography of the film - basically the way it was shot is, well, rather strange, and I think, at places it's trying too hard to be arty and it feels forced. There are a lot of shots focusing on little details in the surroundings that remind me of another creepy and weird but hopeful-in-the-end film, Angels and Insects. Towards the end of the movie I suddenly realised that most of those were sort of metaphorically reflecting the current state of the story (for instance, towards the end when Heathcliff returns rich, they started showing apples rotting in the grass). However, a lot of times it also works really well - especially when we see Heathcliff watching or interacting with Catherine, you can sort of see and feel the things he's focusing on, like her hair or her smile, it's really sweet and beautiful.

And the last thing - the young actors playing young Catherine and Heathcliff (Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave). They cast actual teenagers to play the parts. Now, it's been a while since I read the book last, so I don't remember how old they are supposed to be, but I daresay, younger than Binoche and Fiennes were when they made Wuthering Heights. In any case, both kids are great, especially Catherine, and it feels more realistic.

All in all, I guess, I'm glad I watched this film, but I don't think I'll watch it again, I prefer when they don't cut out the second generation characters, it's just too depressing without them.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Marielle on May 05, 2013, 10:51:08 PM
We got to see Iron Man 3 yesterday, and we all enjoyed it very much, loads of action, maybe a little too much, because at some point you get a little lost in the story which is a bit complex for this genre of movie :) Though my husband enjoyed it a lot too, he was a little disappointed by it (because they departed from the original lore).
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Maraudingdon on May 18, 2013, 08:32:53 PM
Star Trek Into Darkness is AMAZING! Cumberbatch didn't disappoint and had a physicality that was seriously impressive, but what really stood out was the bromance between Kirk and Spock. Because they could dive straight into the action with the exposition required in the first movie, it was totally action-packed.

Loved Bones who stole every scene he was in, and loved the nods to the original series.

Only thing I didn't like was a gratuitous shot of Alice Eve in her underwear which was totally pointless. The blatant sexualisation of female characters is something that really bugs me.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: paint it Black on May 26, 2013, 09:00:11 AM
We got to see Iron Man 3 yesterday, and we all enjoyed it very much, loads of action, maybe a little too much, because at some point you get a little lost in the story which is a bit complex for this genre of movie :) Though my husband enjoyed it a lot too, he was a little disappointed by it (because they departed from the original lore).
Star Trek Into Darkness is AMAZING! Cumberbatch didn't disappoint and had a physicality that was seriously impressive, but what really stood out was the bromance between Kirk and Spock. Because they could dive straight into the action with the exposition required in the first movie, it was totally action-packed.
I got to see both of these films recently, and thought they were both a really good time.  I do believe I enjoyed Star Trek more; I agree with Maraudingdon's assessment that it is totally action packed!  Benedict Cumberbatch definitely added some gravitas as the villain, and just when you think the peril is going to ease, a new layer is added.  I appreciated Chris Pine's performance as Kirk more this time than in the previous Star Trek -- we watched a Star Trek TV episode not long after and I was surprised to recognize some subtleties that Pine had put in his performance to match Shatner's Kirk.

Loved Bones who stole every scene he was in, and loved the nods to the original series.

Only thing I didn't like was a gratuitous shot of Alice Eve in her underwear which was totally pointless. The blatant sexualisation of female characters is something that really bugs me.
I was surprised that most of the nods to the original series were enjoyable, and only one or two made me  ::) .  I wouldn't be surprised though if the sexualization of the female characters isn't included on some of the film makers' lists of the "nods to the original series".

The others in the family gave the edge to Iron Man, which was also very entertaining.  :bravo:
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: CallMeSeverus on June 03, 2013, 05:34:28 PM
Saw a few movies this weekend:

My Week with Marilyn: The acting was fabulous! I loved Kenneth Brannagh as Sir Lawrence Olivier and Michelle Williams did an amazing job as Ms. Monroe! The story is the experience a young 3rd Assistant Director had on the set of Marilyn's movie "The Prince and the Showgirl." We see the expected and typical behavior from Marilyn: always late, sometimes under the influence, a little selfish, a little needy, a little out of it... and we see the typical response from those around her: forgiveness, lavish praise, a strong desire to take care of her... even people that are angered and frustrated by her are soon mesmerized and "on her side." I guess the story was okay, I'm just not a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe...

Perks of Being a Wallflower: this one was fun! I'm not sure if it was the story or the fabulous 80s nostalgia I enjoyed more. I couldn't directly relate to the characters..  their experiences and behaviors were not the same as mine, but at the same time there is something so universal about teenage angst and pain, hope, disappointment, the strong need to belong and feel needed but an insistence on discovering your own identity and being yourself.

Argo: This was a great movie! Full of suspense and dealing with the true events surrounding the rescue of 6 Americans from the Canadian Embassy in Iran in 1980. I remember this story, but just barely because I was only 7 or 8 at the time and because the mission was highly classified it was publicized as a Canadian rescue and the details were kept confidential until about 15 years ago. The movie does a good job of keeping the audience aware of the danger and the risk of life to everyone involved! I found myself on the Edgar of my seat, hoping they make it, even though I already know they made it out okay!

The Man with the Iron Fists: oh boy... definitely not my kind of movie! Hahaha! I understand I wasn't the target audience... as another pet project of Quinten Tarrantino, this project was most likely geared toward others like him who grew up watching cheesy Kung Fu movies, and it had its funny moments, but it was just a little over the top... lots of gratuitous violence and sex, which is fine, if that's your thing, but the story was lacking and just not clever enough to be a good satire!

Life of Pi: Beautiful movie! I realize almost the entire movie is CGI, but I was fine with that! It was well done CGI and it was all just amazing to look at. For the most part the story was pretty simple... the boy's struggle to survive a shipwreck with the help of a tiger... but there is also the deeper layer of the boy's journey to manhood, his self-discovery, and most importantly, his discovery of God! It is only in giving himself to God's will that he is able to find Him! It is for this part of the story that I want to watch the movie again! That was the main character's reason for passing his story on to the journalist in the movie... that is the reason for the movie...

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: this was the American remake of the original Swedish movie(s) which was based on the bestselling novel. It was good, tells the story, but it just seemed a little lacking compared to the original movie. I suppose if you haven't read the books or seen the original movies, then it was really good... I'm wondering if they're planning to finish the trilogy...? My recommendation is to watch the original movies... all are streaming on Netflix right now! Intense story and very believable acting from everyone!
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Kickassnoodle on June 19, 2013, 05:34:18 PM
The day before yesterday I watched Star Trek (2009) and yesterday I went to see Star Trek. Into Darkness. I can't believe it took me something like 4 years to see the first movie. I'm totally obsessed with both of them now! (I only ever saw glimpses of the original Star Trek from 1966 before, but now I'm going to watch it all.) I find them both near perfection. My two main quips are the lack of well-rounded prominent female characters (Uhura is the only prominent woman on the bridge and only comes to light as a kick-ass person as she is a little more in the second film) and lack of prominent alien characters (other than Vulcans and Romulans) - would it have hurt them to make Sulu's or Chekov's or Scotty's or even Bones's or even some of the older captains' characters alien? I don't know maybe it's just me having just finished watching Babylon 5 series which has a lot of great complex alien characters.

Only thing I didn't like was a gratuitous shot of Alice Eve in her underwear which was totally pointless. The blatant sexualisation of female characters is something that really bugs me.
Me too. Overall, these films don't score well on good female representation, in my opinion. I hope they fix that if they make more of these films.

Despite all that, I love love love these films. Kirk and Spock are of course most fun to watch, but Bones, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura (to an extent) and Scotty (I just love him!) are great supporting cast - I just wish the writers had given Uhura more funny moments. Graphics and designs are just stunning. Scripts are well-written IMO - even though there are some overly sentimental borderline-cheesy bits (for my tastes anyway), it's just such a great romp that I think they work pretty well. Oh, and Khan. Despite knowing that he was evil beforehand, I just found it so difficult to believe that he was really the bad guy until he said that he would never have spared Kirk's crew - it was pretty shocking. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch as a superior human being - how fitting is that :fredgeorge:
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on June 27, 2013, 06:26:32 PM
I saw Before Midnight yesterday. As with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Richard Linklater did a great job with this kind of dialogue film, helped along by the very obvious on-screen chemistry between Ethan Hawke (he is particularly brilliant as Jessie) and Julie Delpy, who both co-wrote the script. Believable story of a normal couple - I remember watching Before Sunrise very well ... aaah to have been so young once ... ;)
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: paint it Black on June 28, 2013, 12:40:23 AM
The day before yesterday I watched Star Trek (2009) and yesterday I went to see Star Trek. Into Darkness. [....]  My two main quips are the lack of well-rounded prominent female characters (Uhura is the only prominent woman on the bridge and only comes to light as a kick-ass person as she is a little more in the second film) and lack of prominent alien characters (other than Vulcans and Romulans) - would it have hurt them to make Sulu's or Chekov's or Scotty's or even Bones's or even some of the older captains' characters alien?
I suspect that this has a lot to do with honoring the original tv series.  They are creating a prequel to a series that has had such a huge fan base, so it is a tricky balance to create characters that are true to what the fans know already, but are a bit more complex and a few levels more exciting.  Back in the mid-60's when Star Trek was created, the show was actually really ground-breaking for the diversity of its cast.  Nichelle Nichols as Uhura was the first African-American woman to have such an important role in a tv series, and the fact that there was even one alien on the crew of the Enterprise made conservative tv execs nervous.  That said, I hope they continue to highlight Uhura's role in (what will hopefully be several!) coming films in this franchise.  I do like that she is presented as whip-smart, and someone who will not let any man walk over her, personally or professionally; her brains rather than her brawn are her main asset.  One thing that I love about the 2009 film is that everyone on the crew from Chekov on up has their shining moment where they save the day.  The scene on the drill where Sulu whips out his telescoping sword and kicks the alien's butt before lifting Kirk to safety is one of my favorites.

(I only ever saw glimpses of the original Star Trek from 1966 before, but now I'm going to watch it all.)
I suspect that you will be less than blown over by the original series compared to the new films -- the production values fall way short, but the storytelling is very good, and you will get to see some iconic characteristics of the lead actors and running jokes that are carried over into the new films.  If you think the women are exploited in the new film though, hang on to your hat!  Apparently ladies on other planets really like showing their skin in groovy 60's outfits.  :o  ::)


I recently saw The Impossible on dvd.  It might seem likely that a film that spends the majority of its time showing people trying to find medical help and trying to find each other would drag a bit, but the (true) story of the family that is dramatized here pulls one in, as it touches basic things within us that we all can relate to.  The main event of the story (the tsunami) is also riveting, and is stunningly done.  The performances are all excellent, even the children.  I'm glad to have seen it, but overall I'm glad that I saw it at home.  I don't like getting weepy in the cinema, and I found it necessary to keep the tissue box handy with this one.  :ashamed:
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: RiverSpirit on June 28, 2013, 03:33:30 AM
Saw Despicable Me 2. It was one of the best kids movies I have seen in a long time.

Lots of laughs for kids and adults.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Hermione P on June 28, 2013, 03:37:26 AM
Watched Monsters University & the short film preceding it The Blue Umbrella yesterday. I rather like The Blue Umbrella, and Monsters University is hilarious.

Saw Despicable Me 2. It was one of the best kids movies I have seen in a long time.

Lots of laughs for kids and adults.

Despicable Me 2 will only be released next week in Singapore. They showed the trailer before Monsters University, looks funny.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: paint it Black on August 17, 2013, 09:42:02 AM
I saw the newest Wolverine movie recently.  I'm only new to the whole X-Men thing this year, having watched the 3 main stories on dvd.  I like them well enough, but they are not deep-down favorites.  Still, the Wolverine character is entertaining, and I was looking forward to the film.  The story, I'm afraid, wasn't rich enough to win me over.  The female villain was a bit too comic-book to fit in with the rest of the cast; even though the series is based upon a comic book, the films should have characters that have clear motives and a real reason to exist in the story, other than that they are evil.  ::) And overall, I just felt that there was way too much impaling in this film for my taste.  I can definitely appreciate a kick-ass fight scene, and yeah I know the film is named for a guy with knives in his hands, but this film is made up of fight after fight between the Wolverine and guys with samurai swords.  :scared: Enough said.

On the plus side, if you go to these films to stock up on shirtless Hugh Jackman eye candy, you won't be disappointed.

Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on September 08, 2013, 11:16:48 AM
I saw About Time yesterday and have to say I loved it. As Mark Kermode points out in his review in The Observer, it is easy to sneer at yet another Richard Curtis RomCom, yet it moves us and therefore delivers - eg a good film and sound entertainment, nothing more or nothing less.

Bill Nighy is funny as ever, and you will also see Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) in a stellar role. The plot reminded me a little bit of the time travelling issues raised in Prisoner of Azkaban - namely that the ability to change time doesn't come without its own flaws and set of hurdles.

Well done.

Another good film I saw recently is What Maisie Knew - based on Henry James' novel about a kid lost in a custody battle. The film transports the story to modern times and it does so very successfully. I was very impressed by the young actress playing Maisie (Onata Aprile) - I wouldn't be suprised at all if she was the youngest person ever to get nominated for all sorts of awards. Alexander Skarsgard (Lord he is gorgeous !), Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan are also great.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: HealerOne on September 12, 2013, 05:48:44 PM
You ever go to a movie and it sticks with you for weeks? That's what happened to me when I went to see Lee Daniel's The Butler. It's a story about a black man who starts out life as a child working the cotton fields until his daddy is killed by the white owner of the field they worked in. The child is taken in by the white home owner who teaches him how to be a house servant. He eventually ends up as a butler in The White House. He served seven US Presidents. The story is about history as well as this man's life. It was powerful and unabashed in it's presentation of the Presidents, of their family and what was happening in the US at that time with Civil rights. I lived through most of that history and I have to say it was sad watching it, yet at the same time I realized that as a nation we have come far in changing our ways. However living in the South now, I sometimes wonder that we still have a ways to go. I hope that those outside the USA who see this film will understand that our past is ragged. That it is history and that doesn't change, but our future is changing for the better. I would caution any who see the movie that it certainly is not one to take young or impressionable children to because it is raw and unapologetic for what it shows.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on September 12, 2013, 07:54:19 PM
You might want to read Orville Lloyd's article Why I won't be watching The Butler and 12 Years as a Slave on  guardian.com about this film, HealerOne. It gives an interesting perspective expressed by a Black person about these kind of films ...
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on November 11, 2013, 02:58:52 PM
I saw two films recently which are both very remarkable although they are very different: The first one is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron's latest thriller about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) working frantically to save themselves after an accident leaves them hopelessly adrift in space: Gravity. It is a surival tale, amazingly shot, visually stunning, that will leave you choking on your popcorn ....

The second is Stephen Frear's Philomena with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's 1950's Ireland, and Catholic authorities forced thousands of Irish mothers to give up their children for adoption to rich Americans, without the hope of ever seeing them again. Philomena is one of the mothers, and she goes on a journey with the help of a journalist to finally discover her son, and to find out who is and whether he remembers Ireland at all. It is a true story about forgiveness that left most of the audience (including me)  in tears.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Kickassnoodle on November 12, 2013, 10:01:02 AM
I watched The History Boys last week and, man, I'm obsessed with this film now! I've been rewatching my favourite parts every night. It's a kind of period film, I suppose, being set in the early 80s while being made in 2006, it's about a group of teenage boys preparing to get into Oxford/Cambridge and their three teachers. The script is so amazing, it hits my favourite parts of a high-school film (teachers revealing their vulnerability, discussing difficult subjects, field trips when boundaries start fading, etc.) and I love the way each character is constructed. And Stephen Campbell Moore is sooo swoon-worthy! I just wish the class included some female students as well.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on November 12, 2013, 11:24:22 AM
Grammar School, if you please, kickassnoodle, not High School .... ;) The History Boys is set in England, after all ...

But I agree - both the film and the play are fantastic.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Potter2005 on November 23, 2013, 11:39:20 AM
I saw Catching Fire on Thursday and it is such an amazing movie.

Extremely faithful to the book, visually stunning and some great performances from the cast especially the actress who plays Katniss.

Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Kickassnoodle on November 25, 2013, 01:30:15 PM
I saw Catching Fire on Thursday and it is such an amazing movie.

Extremely faithful to the book, visually stunning and some great performances from the cast especially the actress who plays Katniss.
I watched it too, on Saturday! I loved it too. The visuals are amazing all throughout the film. Loved all the dresses Katniss wore in the capitol. The performances were also good - I loved all the other tributes, how they show the effects the Games had on them, especially Johanna. Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) is amazing, as always, seeing her suffering from trauma of the first games and then trying to appease President Snow by acting as though she's in love - it was chilling. Though great editing also added to that feeling - you know, by showing all those people in crowds, crying and raising three fingers in silence or shouting for Katniss to speak her mind. I also love how Haymitch has been brought to life - he's somewhat more sympathetic than I remember him being in the books. All in all, great film. I think, I like it even better than the first one, and I loved the first one.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Laura W on February 11, 2014, 07:47:11 AM
siena wrote:
"The second is Stephen Frear's Philomena with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's 1950's Ireland, and Catholic authorities forced thousands of Irish mothers to give up their children for adoption to rich Americans, without the hope of ever seeing them again. Philomena is one of the mothers, and she goes on a journey with the help of a journalist to finally discover her son, and to find out who is and whether he remembers Ireland at all. It is a true story about forgiveness that left most of the audience (including me)  in tears."



That film got very good reviews here, siena.  But I didn't see it.  (By the way, I am sure I would never be as forgiving as she apparently was!)

The last movie i saw in a movie theatre was in December 2013.  It was Saving Mr. Banks.  It was based on the true story of how the Mary Poppins movie got made by Disney studio.  Quite frankly, I liked this film a lot more than I liked the MP movie which starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke et al.  Of course, Saving Mr. Banks was about a lot more than what I just wrote, including the family dynamics of the author of the Mary Poppins books when she was a child.  I enjoyed this movie, including the performance by Emma Thompson.  And I thought the more minor actors in it were very good as well (especially the guy who played her driver). The cinematography, clothing, makeup, hairstyles, etc. really captured both Australia in the 1930s and California in the early 1960s.

Not one of my most favourite movies ever, but certainly worth seeing.

lw

Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: RiverSpirit on February 12, 2014, 08:50:49 AM
I watched The History Boys last week and, man, I'm obsessed with this film now! I've been rewatching my favourite parts every night. It's a kind of period film, I suppose, being set in the early 80s while being made in 2006, it's about a group of teenage boys preparing to get into Oxford/Cambridge and their three teachers. The script is so amazing, it hits my favourite parts of a high-school film (teachers revealing their vulnerability, discussing difficult subjects, field trips when boundaries start fading, etc.) and I love the way each character is constructed. And Stephen Campbell Moore is sooo swoon-worthy! I just wish the class included some female students as well.

I really liked this movie. I work in a boys school and I could relate to the pressure and expectations on the boys.

My favourite movie lately is Frozen. It might be a Disney princess movie but it is one like no other. Beautiful movie with a beautiful message. Very funny, too!
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Post by: siena on February 18, 2014, 06:38:49 PM
I saw Dallas Buyers Club the other day. It is about the true story of Ron Woodroof, a rodeo rider and hedonist who was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985 Texas. Until that point, like many people at that time, he used to believe that only homosexuals could contract the disease. Having been told by the doctors he would have only thirty days to live and because he was responding badly to the medication given to him, he conducted his own research into drugs that were approved abroad, but not in the US. With the help from a young doctor who was a bit more open minded and transgender woman Rayon he founded an illegal Buyers Club to import the drugs from abroad, thereby helping a lot of people fighting the disease.

The film is utterly unsentimental, but nevertheless or maybe because of it  the growing friendship and respect between the former homophobe Woodroof and transsexual Rayon is very moving to watch. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Letro give the performances of their lives, and the film is a powerful reminder of the eighties when little was understood about AIDS and its treatment, and the difficulty of an individual's battle against the (medical) establishment.

It is a tough watch, but highly recommended.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: HealerOne on February 19, 2014, 05:24:29 AM
siena wrote:
"The second is Stephen Frear's Philomena with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's 1950's Ireland, and Catholic authorities forced thousands of Irish mothers to give up their children for adoption to rich Americans, without the hope of ever seeing them again. Philomena is one of the mothers, and she goes on a journey with the help of a journalist to finally discover her son, and to find out who is and whether he remembers Ireland at all. It is a true story about forgiveness that left most of the audience (including me)  in tears."



That film got very good reviews here, siena.  But I didn't see it.  (By the way, I am sure I would never be as forgiving as she apparently was!)

The last movie i saw in a movie theatre was in December 2013.  It was Saving Mr. Banks.  It was based on the true story of how the Mary Poppins movie got made by Disney studio.  Quite frankly, I liked this film a lot more than I liked the MP movie which starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke et al.  Of course, Saving Mr. Banks was about a lot more than what I just wrote, including the family dynamics of the author of the Mary Poppins books when she was a child.  I enjoyed this movie, including the performance by Emma Thompson.  And I thought the more minor actors in it were very good as well (especially the guy who played her driver). The cinematography, clothing, makeup, hairstyles, etc. really captured both Australia in the 1930s and California in the early 1960s.

I saw both these movies and I loved Emma Thompson's performance even above Judi Dench's. Both were such good movies because they were wonderful stories about strong women. It's too bad Emma didn't get mentioned for her performance by the Oscar's. I thought it surely was of that caliber. BTW if you watched Downton Abbey - the guy that played the driver in Saving Mr. Banks (Paul Giamatti) took on the part of Mary's American cousin. He was excellent in that part too. 
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Laura W on March 09, 2014, 09:15:12 AM
Yesterday I finally went to see the movie, Frozen, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!  Oh sure, it was a bit over the top and show off in its animation, but beautifully done regardless.  And the musical numbers were also sometimes over the top and perhaps there were too many of them, but it reminded me of a giant Broadway musical.  Wonderful in-your-face sets, wonderful in-your-face costumes, in-your-face musical and/or dance numbers.  Not what I would want in all my animation films by any means.  But certainly fun and exciting as an occasional experience.  As I found Frozen   :snowman:  to be.

It's for sure a fairy tale, a legend, not a piece of realism, and that was conveyed spot on by the screenwriter, director, animators, editors and everyone involved in the film.  Like many fairy tales it was at once magical, funny, scary, sad, moralistic, exciting and - in this case - (for me) terribly romantic.  A lovely movie of its type.

Warning though ... If I remember correctly, the closing credits state that the film is based on Hans Christian Andersen's famous story, "The Snow Queen".  I know that fable, and this has NOTHING in common with it !



Laura  
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on April 28, 2014, 07:55:05 PM
I saw a really sweet Swedish film the other day called Vi aer baest ( I'm sorry, I can't do Umlaute on this keyboard) which translates We Are The Best . It is a film by Lukas Moodysson based on a graphic novel by his wife Coco Moodysson about two young girls called Bobo and Klara who decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. Everyone tells them punk is dead, but among all the 80s glamour and perms they try to find their niche. Deciding that they would need at least one person in the band who actually can play, they recruit shy outsider Hedvig, who is their age and is a classical guitarist. ( In one particularly moving scene, Hedvig tries out an electric guitar for the first time, with stunning results.)  Together they form a very unusual friendship that goes through the ups and downs of unrequited love, hairstyling disasters and not really fitting in anywhere.

It doesn't really matter that much that they don't get very far and that their only song consists of pretty much just one line (Hate The Sport, inspired by an uninspiring PE class  :P ) - their friendship is stronger than that, and that's what makes the film worth watching, together with very strong performances from the young actresses.

The film was shown in my cinema in the Swedish original with subtitles. It gave a very authentic feel to it to hear the original language, which sounded quite nice.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: siena on May 13, 2014, 04:51:56 PM
Okay, I'm going to try to write this review now - I've been thinking about this for so long and it is not going to get any easier anyway.

Do not despair, one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume, one of the thieves was damned.

This quote has generally been attributed to St Augustine, who is said to have spoken a warning against being too confident about Christian salvation. In his film Calvary, Irish director/writer John Michael McDonagh uses Augustine's words to provide the heading for what is to follow. And what does follow is most definately NOT a laughing matter (despite being advertised as a Black Comedy: black it is indeed, but comical is most definately is not).

Father James Lavelle is a priest in a small coastal village in Sligo in the North West of Southern Ireland. He is a good man who tries to look after his people in an honest and righteous manner, giving a lot but mostly being received most ungraceously. The opening scene shows him in close up during confession. One member of his Parish tells him that he had been abused several times by a Priest during his childhood. As a revenge, he plans to kill Father James simply because he is there and because he has always been good and has never put a foot wrong. He gives him one week to put his affairs in order.

The viewer is left with outrage - outrage in the face of a child having been abused but also in the face of the absurdity of the crime proposed: Why should an innocent man be made to suffer for a crime someone else committed and never atoned for ? We learn that the rapist in question is dead now and that the victim never received appropiate help - for whatever reason, we'll never know.

High Noon with Gary Cooper shows a man torn between his duty as a Marshall and his wife's religious beliefs. In Calvary, there isn't any Grace Kelly character to come to Father James' aid in the final showdown on a remote beach.

I have to say that up to ver recently I have never been very religious. The sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all mankind was taught to me as a child, it was there as a concept, but no more.
I watched Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ (2004) and was suitably appalled by the prolonged violence.
 However, after watching Calvary, in which a human being with all his flaws and faults but utter belief to do some good in the world walked towards his own personal Golgotha, being selected to atone for the crimes his Catholic Church stands for,  it suddenly hit me with a vengeance how unjust and sick it is what happened to Christ: One human being taking the blame for the crimes of mankind all in one go, without a reasonable trial.

I wanted to write that Calvary is the Anti-Philomena (Stephen Frears, see my review a couple of posts above). Philomena Lee forgives.  In Calvary, the person sinned against cannot forgive. I don't want to give away the ending in case you want to go and see the film - but what it ultimately taught me is that God did forgive - by sending his Son to us to suffer for the crimes WE did commit.

This film did something for me that none other did before. It opened up true Christian belief to me in its most raw, human form. I watched it on Good Friday and it took me this long to gather my thoughts into a reasonably coherent shape to write this.
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Laura W on May 22, 2014, 07:48:29 AM
Over what was the Victoria Day Weekend in this country, a friend and I took a gamble and went to see an Indian movie at the theatre.  It was called "The Lunchbox" and is apparently quite a famous film.  It was different - for me - but I liked it.  It was both funny and sad.  And very intelligent.  All about how people's lives change through accidental occurances.  I have thought about it several times in the days since I saw "The Lunchbox", which tells me that it certainly made an impression.

laura
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Post by: siena on May 22, 2014, 12:56:13 PM
I saw The Lunchbox as well  :)

I loved it and it made me very hungry - I had to seek out my favourite Indian restaurant in town straight afterwards  ;D
I had to laugh when the guy from the Cantine thought it was the cauliflower that made all the difference  :lol:

I also liked the relationship between Saajan and the happy-go-lucky trainee ...

But I did feel very sad about Saajan's reaction when he was supposed to meet Ila in the cafe - he seemed to think he doesn't deserve happiness, he seemed to be really stuck in his melancholy. I would have loved to shake him there and then ! He said Ila is so young and beautiful, but he was a really good looking guy as well I have to say  :thumbup:

Did you read the novel Love Virtually by Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer ? It is about an accidental email relationship. The film reminded me a lot of that book.
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Post by: Evreka on May 30, 2014, 11:21:44 PM
The last two nights I've watched two films on DVD:

The Last Song
At IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1294226/?ref_=nv_sr_1). I got it not so long ago because it was based on a novel by Nicholas Spark (and though I haven't read that novel, I've liked other novels by him). For someone who hasn't read the book, it was sort of a sweet story beginning with a rebellious teen girl and her younger brother coming to visit their father for the summer, and progressing into young love by the ocean, some drama and both laughter and sadness.

But it felt... a bit too episodic al (?) and thin, as if something was missing, mostly plot wise, I guess. It didn't tie beautifully together, and I guess there are explanations in the novel that you need to know to get some connections that just feels weird in the film.  Spoiler Alert:
Spoiler
For instance it is really hard to understand why a rebellious girl (Ronnie), would want to give up the money she got to get herself a great dress for a wedding, would give them to the girl (Blaze) that she only just met a few times? Especially as this "friend" Blaze first accused Ronnie falsely of trying to steal Blaze's boyfriend and then framed her for a shop-lifting she didn't commit, by planting a bracelet in her bag without Ronnie's knowledge. Why on Earth would Ronnie help her at all, much less by giving her a lot of money, because Blaze's boyfriend wanted money from Blaze? It seems completely  :jester: crazy to me.  :what:

Further, why would Ronnie's boyfriend's family banish two girls from their party, just because they were attacked and threatened by a git of a local teen? It seems completely irrational and quite unbelievable.
And, in fact these aren't the only two things that feel as if there are huge plot holes in the film.


The Intouchables
At IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/?ref_=fn_al_tt_6).

Today I finished my next book En oväntad vänskap (English title You Changed My Life, original French title Tu as changé ma vie - Intouchables pour toujours  by Abdel Sellou).

It tells the true story (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/9509665/Untouchable-the-true-story-that-inspired-a-box-office-hit.html) of a most unexpected friendship that sprang up between the extremely wealthy French aristocrat Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo, who became paralyzed from the neck down in a para gliding accident in 1993, and the personal assistant, Abdel Sellou, that he hired in 1994. ...

The most interesting thing about this is the common mix-up that people seem to make. When I just bought this book, the following happened as I was going home:

The other was En oväntad vänskap (In English approx An Unexpected Friendship)by Abdel Sellou. ...

However, the most surprising thing about it is this: On my ride through the Underground/Tube on my way home today, I picked it up and read the text on the back of it and the foreword. While doing so, two different strangers (without knowing of each other), spontaneously congratulated me for having bought it as it was "a truly wonderful story"!!! :surprised: Both owned the film, and was obviously thrilled by it. It isn't exactly common that strangers approach each other on the Underground, and strike up conversations. (It happens occasionally for things like what time it is or where the line goes.... that kind of things.) But for two people to do it within 15 minutes or so on the same trip and for the reason of somebody's book.... this story must really be special!!!  :hermioneread:
....
If I can find ... the movie, I may well try to get those too....
It's a surprisingly funny film, given the context and some very inappropriate jokes told between the two main characters, and it doesn't always tally well with the book I just read; but it is much funnier than I expected it to be, and a mostly heart-warming story of a very unlikely bond of friendship and mutual respect that sprang up between these two men. Like the people on the Underground, this is a film, I'd recommend seeing.  :)
Title: Re: Seen a good movie lately?
Post by: Hermione P on June 02, 2014, 03:20:37 PM
I just finished watching the movie Australia. Found the first subplot about Nicole Kidman's character arriving in Australia too long (and therefore making the whole movie rather long). She and Hugh Jackman's character and the little boy make a touching family.
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Post by: siena on June 02, 2014, 06:48:56 PM
I saw the latest adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel The Two Faces of January. As you would expect from Highsmith, this is a very sleek suspense thriller. Viggo Mortenson plays charismatic Chester McFarland, whose past dealings soon catch up with him, leaving him and his wife in quite a predicament on foreign grounds in Athens and a small island in Greece, becoming dependant on a tour guide they meet by chance. The plot does keep you glued to your seat - and yet this is not nearly as good as Rene Clement's Plein Soleil (or Purple Noon) which is a 1960  adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley with the unsurpassed Alain Delon in the title role. If you are a Patricia Highsmith fan I suggest you watch it (and do forget about the later version with Matt Damon  ;)
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Post by: HealerOne on June 05, 2014, 04:51:32 PM
Recently I went to see Belle a Regency period piece which of course meant it had beautiful costumes and settings. However the story was more than that! It was based on a true story and was inspired by a painting! Belle was a biracial child of a Sir Lord Lindsey and she was brought up in the home of the Earl of Mansfield - the Earl who just happened to be the Chief Justice of England. The movie story is twofold: that of the life of this woman during the rigid rules of society then; and the story of the Chief Justice's decision that led to the ending of slavery in England. Both stories were well done but I would have liked to have both stories expanded! Of course you can't do that in the allotted time of a movie, so at least both stories made me itch to get to my computer and do some research about each.  I found this which was very informative about the picture that inspired the movie. http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/film/portrait-of-woman-who-inspired-belle-to-be-shown-1-3306617  And this which was helpful in explaining the case involved with the slave trade. http://www.blackpast.org/gah/zong-massacre-1781 The movie was one which I will not forget soon. I would recommend that you see it if you can.
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Post by: Hermione P on July 12, 2014, 06:41:00 AM
I watched 84 Charing Cross Road because I read it in school. I enjoy being able to see the letters in context (post-war rationing and all that).

I wonder if the correspondence would still happen if it had begun in this age of online shopping.
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Post by: Laura W on July 12, 2014, 05:37:51 PM
I watched 84 Charing Cross Road because I read it in school. I enjoy being able to see the letters in context (post-war rationing and all that).

I wonder if the correspondence would still happen if it had begun in this age of online shopping.



When I was much, much younger I went to see this film at a movie theatre with my mother.  I LOVED it.  Quite a few years after that - like 10 or more - I read the book.  I actually liked the movie more than the book, which rarely happens with me. 

laura
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Post by: ss19 on July 17, 2014, 06:56:56 PM
I watched Frozen a couple of days ago while visiting relatives.  I liked it more than I expected to like a Disney fairy tale, and liked the music as well.  My 9-year-old daughter was also watching it for the first time but she already knew most of the songs by heart and was singing along when each one came up.  Apparently one of her best friends in school loves this movie and the music in it and taught her these songs whenever they had free time in school.  That, to me, is an indication of a job well done by everyone who put this movie together.  :thumbup:
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Post by: paint it Black on August 21, 2014, 04:55:17 PM
I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy.  I have to say that the trailers for this film did not intrigue me.  There was no amazing story in evidence and none of the characters really grabbed me; the talking raccoon seemed particularly annoying.  But the reviews were amazing; both reviewers and people I spoke with said it was really funny.  I do tend to like the Marvel movie franchise, so I thought it would be worth a try.  It turns out that there was no amazing story in evidence and none of the characters really grabbed me, and that the talking raccoon was particularly annoying.   ::)  It wasn't a total waste of time though and it was reasonably entertaining, but I personally found it kind of forgetable.  I may be in the minority, though -- you may think it's great!  :)
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Post by: HealerOne on August 23, 2014, 12:54:59 AM
I made a point of going to see Daniel Radcliffe's romantic comedy, What If. (I think it is also out under the name of The F Word). I was happy to see Daniel in a romantic movie. I thought he carried it off fairly well. The chemistry between him and his costar was quite nice. The language is a bit salty at times, but not awful. The two other males leads - and forgive me I don't know their names - I thought were very well cast. It was interesting that the boyfriend of the girl (Of course, it's a love triangle) was a very nice guy, making the tug of war between which guy is best for the girl - all the more difficult and thus more believable, too.
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Post by: nellythemarrow on August 23, 2014, 01:19:18 AM
I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy.  I have to say that the trailers for this film did not intrigue me.  There was no amazing story in evidence and none of the characters really grabbed me; the talking raccoon seemed particularly annoying.  But the reviews were amazing; both reviewers and people I spoke with said it was really funny.  I do tend to like the Marvel movie franchise, so I thought it would be worth a try.  It turns out that there was no amazing story in evidence and none of the characters really grabbed me, and that the talking raccoon was particularly annoying.   ::)  It wasn't a total waste of time though and it was reasonably entertaining, but I personally found it kind of forgetable.  I may be in the minority, though -- you may think it's great!  :)
No I feel pretty much like you did. I finally felt like I was getting to grips a little with the strange humour/seriousness balance they were going for until the raccoon turned up, at which point it seemed to turn into a children's film with swearing and violence.

But there were some genuinely funny moments (the song choices among them). But not enough of them. To me it felt like the film was a few drafts away from being a good script. Bland music, mixed quality of special effect and all in all it felt like a short story that was trying to be a novel. I liked Karen Gillan, though, thought she did well even under makeup. And it made for a fun trip to the cinema and a good spectacle. Just not a film I'm that fussed about seeing again.
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Post by: Hermione P on September 27, 2014, 05:17:39 AM
I saw the latest adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel The Two Faces of January. As you would expect from Highsmith, this is a very sleek suspense thriller. Viggo Mortenson plays charismatic Chester McFarland, whose past dealings soon catch up with him, leaving him and his wife in quite a predicament on foreign grounds in Athens and a small island in Greece, becoming dependant on a tour guide they meet by chance. The plot does keep you glued to your seat - and yet this is not nearly as good as Rene Clement's Plein Soleil (or Purple Noon) which is a 1960  adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley with the unsurpassed Alain Delon in the title role. If you are a Patricia Highsmith fan I suggest you watch it (and do forget about the later version with Matt Damon  ;)

The Two Faces of January has been playing in Singapore cinemas for about two weeks now, and it just got released in the US.

I haven't seen any The Talented Mr Ripley adaptations so I will just comment on this movie.

Without giving anything away, I will say that I found the ending for each of the main characters poignant. There is also one sweet and romantic moment when Chester woke Colette up to give her a doughnut.


Recently I went to see Belle a Regency period piece which of course meant it had beautiful costumes and settings. However the story was more than that! It was based on a true story and was inspired by a painting! Belle was a biracial child of a Sir Lord Lindsey and she was brought up in the home of the Earl of Mansfield - the Earl who just happened to be the Chief Justice of England. The movie story is twofold: that of the life of this woman during the rigid rules of society then; and the story of the Chief Justice's decision that led to the ending of slavery in England. Both stories were well done but I would have liked to have both stories expanded! Of course you can't do that in the allotted time of a movie, so at least both stories made me itch to get to my computer and do some research about each.  I found this which was very informative about the picture that inspired the movie. http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/film/portrait-of-woman-who-inspired-belle-to-be-shown-1-3306617  And this which was helpful in explaining the case involved with the slave trade. http://www.blackpast.org/gah/zong-massacre-1781 The movie was one which I will not forget soon. I would recommend that you see it if you can.

I watched this because of Tom Felton. Not that I found anything wrong with his acting, but his character in this movie is very similar to Malfoy :draco: - I found myself thinking, "Malfoy is being a jerk again!" In fact, his character here is less developed than Malfoy's. I would like very much to watch him play a different sort of character. I like the Dido parts of the story more, and I was moved by Davinier shouting his love for Dido.
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Post by: Pepper on November 27, 2014, 05:20:01 PM
I saw Annabelle, John Wick, Addicted, Ouija, and Gone Girl.

Gone Girl and John Wick were really good. I was surprised about Gone Girl after reading the reviews.

Addicted was not my cup of tea, but I wanted to see it because I like some actors/actresses in it.

Ouija was scary but I would never use the board.

Annabelle scared me good. It was a real doll too, so that made it even scarier.

I would watch them all again minus Addicted.
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Post by: Evreka on December 27, 2014, 01:56:19 PM
I just watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 on DVD and I felt a bit let down. The first was a great adventure with a reasonable story that held together well, this felt much less well written. Also... it's supposedly 5 years between the two, so how come Hiccup isn't more mature and open to at least listen to his father?

If you haven't seen it, do not read this. Major plot spoiler ahead:
Spoiler
In the first film we are led to believe that Hiccup's mother was a great dragon fighter, now they claim she always tried to save dragons too? I know it's a kids' story, but her showing up like that with those motives for abandoning her husband and infant son, felt just ridiculous.
Anyone else who's seen it?
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Post by: paint it Black on January 09, 2015, 10:12:53 PM
I just watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 on DVD and I felt a bit let down. [...]
Anyone else who's seen it?

I have seen it, but I'm afraid it was so long ago that I don't really remember any details.  I really loved the first one for the world it created, and the visuals of flying on the back of a dragon.  :thumbup:  So I just remember liking the second one for the same reasons, though it was not quite as good as the first.

I've seen several films recently, some in the cinema and some on dvd.  The first, Interstellar, was an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.  I found the story very engaging even though the film was quite long.  It seems that in some ways the filmmakers had trouble deciding whether to be a drama, a science film, or a science fiction film, but if you don't let that trouble you then you are likely to enjoy yourself.  The performances are quite good.

More recently I saw Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.  Both were pretty much what you would be expecting if you had seen the films which have come previously in each of these series.  I've read The Hunger Games books (though not in quite a while) but not The Hobbit, so I can't judge how closely that one keeps to the source material.  The Mockingjay film successfully portrayed each of the characters and all of the drama you would expect of it.  No complaints.  The Hobbit I liked even better; good peril and storytelling, great performances, and it really kept my interest.

On dvd I saw Monuments Men, which I thought was an interesting story well told, but not necessarily an amazing film.  I did like that they emphasized the theme of how Art as a representative of our culture and our humanity is something worth fighting for.
 
When I first saw the trailer for The Lego Movie, I thought, No way am I going to pay real money to see a movie about Lego figurines.  So many folks thought that it was really funny though, so when I no longer had to pay real money (checked it out from the library) I saw it on dvd.  It was a good time; the mash-up of characters from so many different fandoms was pretty funny, and I liked how the movie did things to make fun of itself (like having a ghost character hover by dangling from a string).  Definitely good for an evening of mindless humor.  And if you've seen it, you know that it has a theme song that will never completely leave your consciousness.  ;D

My favorite of all these though was About Time, starring Rachael McAdams, Domhnall Gleason (aka Bill Weasley), and Bill Nighy as his dad (I know, you're thinking, why Scrimgeour as his dad, and not Arthur?  ;) Or even Mad-Eye?  :madeyecv:).  The dvd cover would have you think that this is a straightforward romantic comedy, but the blurb on the back lets you in on the twist: the main character can travel back in time.  So ... is it a sci fi film, then?  Not really... it's more like a slice-of-life story with a romance in it, in which the main character happens to have the ability to go back in time.  The focus is on whether one would want to do so, and what parts of life are worth giving up in order to do others over again?  It really is a delightful story, if difficult to explain fully.  Having learned that it was made by the same director as Love Actually, and figuring I was the only person with two X chromosomes who had never seen that film, I watched it as well.  It was a nice film, but of the two I prefer About TimeLove Actually may uplift you for an evening, but About Time has the power to change your outlook on life just a bit if you let it.  I really recommend it.  :)
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Post by: Hermione P on January 10, 2015, 06:49:26 AM
I've read The Hunger Games books (though not in quite a while) but not The Hobbit, so I can't judge how closely that one keeps to the source material. ... The Hobbit I liked even better; good peril and storytelling, great performances, and it really kept my interest.
The Hobbit is one book, together with some material from the appendixes of The Lord of the Rings, stretched into a movie trilogy. So quite a lot of what happens in the movie was written by the scriptwriters. (Compared to Lord of the Rings, where one movie = one volume, more or less) By the end of the second movie, The Desolation of Smaug, I had no idea what would happen in this one besides which of the canonical characters (Tauriel was created for the movie) would die. Since the book is told from Bilbo's point of view, nearly everything which happens when he's not present is original content.
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Post by: Evreka on January 10, 2015, 09:08:25 AM
My favorite of all these though was About Time, starring Rachael McAdams, Domhnall Gleason (aka Bill Weasley), and Bill Nighy as his dad (I know, you're thinking, why Scrimgeour as his dad, and not Arthur?  ;) Or even Mad-Eye?  :madeyecv:).  The dvd cover would have you think that this is a straightforward romantic comedy, but the blurb on the back lets you in on the twist: the main character can travel back in time.  So ... is it a sci fi film, then?  Not really... it's more like a slice-of-life story with a romance in it, in which the main character happens to have the ability to go back in time.  The focus is on whether one would want to do so, and what parts of life are worth giving up in order to do others over again?  It really is a delightful story, if difficult to explain fully.  Having learned that it was made by the same director as Love Actually, and figuring I was the only person with two X chromosomes who had never seen that film, I watched it as well.  It was a nice film, but of the two I prefer About TimeLove Actually may uplift you for an evening, but About Time has the power to change your outlook on life just a bit if you let it.  I really recommend it.  :)
I bought Love Actually on DVD some years ago and didn't like it at all. I found the various sub plots to be either too thin or down-right ridiculous, particularly the Prime Minister love story was almost embarrassingly horrible. And the young love story would have benefited from starring a somewhat older child to make it more believable. The other stories I can't even remember.  :thumbdown: On the other hand, my DVD contains some info from Behind the Scenes where they discuss lots of scenes that were filmed but cut, and I remember that I felt very clearly that it would have been a so much better film if those parts had stayed in, giving more explanations and making it more of a story, as opposed to slap-stick humour, or whatever to call it now.

Still, the About Time one sounds interesting so I might give that one a go if I can find it somewhere.  :)
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Post by: Pepper on January 17, 2015, 03:51:40 PM
The last movie I watched was Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie. I'm thinking about going to see Taken 3 tomorrow even though I haven't watched the first two movies. I hope that's not a mistake on my part.
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Post by: HealerOne on February 25, 2017, 06:06:12 PM
Been awhile since anyone has posted here, but It's Oscar time again. :popcorn: Thought I might put my two knuts in about what movie was tops with me in 2016-17. (Drum roll please). Brrrrrrrrrrrung! Hidden Figures  :stars:  :thumbup: Loved, loved this empowering movie. It was a fantastic story of a group of nerdy women that made a huge difference in the world. It was so uplifting. I watched the movie with many blacks in the audience and the pride they had in these women was palpable within the theater. So not only was it uplifting for women, but also for people of color, and for nerdy people who love numbers and science. It also was a history lesson about how difficult it was to put a person into space, as well as to how far we have come with breaking down the forces of discrimination. [It is also a statement of what it would be like to sink back into such horrible discrimination - a danger our world faces at the moment - just a different group of people that is targeted]. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone!

I have not seen LaLa Land, so I can't say how Hidden Figures stacks up to it. Any one see that movie? Or both of them? I guess we will see what the Oscar people think about these movies this weekend.
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Post by: RiverSpirit on March 06, 2017, 06:38:02 AM
Been awhile since anyone has posted here, but It's Oscar time again. :popcorn: Thought I might put my two knuts in about what movie was tops with me in 2016-17. (Drum roll please). Brrrrrrrrrrrung! Hidden Figures  :stars:  :thumbup: Loved, loved this empowering movie. It was a fantastic story of a group of nerdy women that made a huge difference in the world. It was so uplifting. I watched the movie with many blacks in the audience and the pride they had in these women was palpable within the theater. So not only was it uplifting for women, but also for people of color, and for nerdy people who love numbers and science. It also was a history lesson about how difficult it was to put a person into space, as well as to how far we have come with breaking down the forces of discrimination. [It is also a statement of what it would be like to sink back into such horrible discrimination - a danger our world faces at the moment - just a different group of people that is targeted]. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone!

I have not seen LaLa Land, so I can't say how Hidden Figures stacks up to it. Any one see that movie? Or both of them? I guess we will see what the Oscar people think about these movies this weekend.
I've seen both movies and enjoyed them both. They are difficult to compare as they are very different. LaLa Land was like a breath of fresh air, a throwback to a bygone era with a modern twist.

I took my teenage son to seeHidden Figures. I think he was quite surprised by how the ladies were treated. My sons have friends from many nations. They have never seen colour only friendship. I was also pleased for him to see that the original computers were in fact human!
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Post by: HealerOne on March 07, 2017, 04:52:17 PM
Thanks for your different perspective on Hidden Figures, RiverSpirit. I am so glad your son was able to see what discrimination looks like and how those that rise above it act.

So now we know that The Academy decided that MoonLight was the winner.   :flower: :clap: A film that "... is also brazenly experimental, unfolding as three short films charting different life phases of a young gay black man struggling with his identity in Liberty City, Miami." Another film that I have not seen but would like to. The whole subject is intriguing. Anyone see it and have any comments? 
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Post by: HunterKel on October 30, 2017, 09:30:01 AM
I'm going to recommend a couple of sci-fi movies. One is Blade Runner 2049, a masterpiece, and the other is What Happened to Monday, a cool little sci-fi movie with an interesting plot.