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Post by maxoid » Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:53 pm

Anyone else see "The Queen"? I thought it was quite good, but then I don't know much about the British royalty, and tuned out the whole Diana thing when it all went down.

Also, anyone else seen "Stay" from last year? The trailer looked lame, but the film was freakin' amazing. I'm glad I eventually got around to seeing it.

@Rod: Yeah, Art School Confidential was a little disappointing. I'd rather see "Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron", "Ice Haven", or "David Boring" made into films. Especially "David Boring"...

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Post by Coheteboy » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:53 pm

Ok it's been a really long time since I posted in this thread so let's see what I've seen since "accepted".

SNAKES ON A PLANE -- hehe... everyone thought it was going to be the biggest thing ever from all the hype but it just wasn't. The movie itself though... is just stupid entertainment. See it if you want to catch up with pop culture and movies that everyone's heard about. It won't be the biggest waste of time.


WORLD TRADE CENTER -- Nothing against the book that it's based on or the victims of 9/11, but I found this Oliver Stone film painfully boring to sit through.


JET LI'S FEARLESS -- I liked it! No, it probably doesn't have the most incredible fights, but they were impressive nonetheless. The only baffling scene is the very last one. If you seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.


SCOOP -- Woody Allen is annoying as always but I still enjoyed the movie about a young journalist (scarlett johanssen) who gets attached to a suave rich dude who just might be wanted for murder.


BORAT -- I probably don't need to say much because everyone knows that it's shockingly funny.


MONSTER HOUSE -- Ok wow, was I suprised at this little movie. When I saw the trailer, I thought "oy, not another motion capture souless mess". But I finally gave it a chance and saw how clever and beautifully done the story was. And I was happy to see that it had its fair share of scary moments! I feel that kids don't have enough of those kinds of films anymore. So congrats, Chris & Khang! The movie was definitely as good as everyone said it was.
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Post by lifelibertyland » Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:59 pm

Coheteboy wrote: JET LI'S FEARLESS -- I liked it! No, it probably doesn't have the most incredible fights, but they were impressive nonetheless. The only baffling scene is the very last one. If you seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Hold the phone! I know everyone's entitled to thier own opinion, but I would like to get an example of a movie in which you believe contains an incredible fight scene.
Yuen Woo Ping always delivers the goods when it comes to a truly kick ass fight sequence, and this movie is no exception.

In any case, I saw the Chinese version of this film almost a year ago when it first came out and I thought it was by far one of the best, if not the best Jet Li movie he's ever made. Looking foward to see how his future action movies will compare to this.



But before I read that post I was going to say I recently watched Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing." I know it's old and I'd seen parts before but never straight through. This movie is amazing. Spike has yet to disapoint me with his films, they're as real as it gets.

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Post by SonOfaRich » Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:15 pm

lifelibertyland wrote: Looking foward to see how his future action movies will compare to this.
They say this was his last martial arts film / action film. He says he's ready to do some serious acting now.
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Post by lifelibertyland » Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:30 pm

This is true that it's his last martial arts movie, but to Jet his martial arts movies and action movies are different genres. I read in an interview with him that he feels this is his last movie as a martial artist in which he's expressing the philiosophy of martial arts. He plans to continue doing action movies with fighting and chases etc.

I know when they were advertising it as his last movie I was pretty sad, and still am a little bit since his period films are my favorite. But I gain solice knowing there will be more.
Also I heard of a posisble Jet and Jackie pair up. This could be amazingly awesome or amazingly terrible. I love both actors but thier genres are wildly different and I dunno how they'll work togather. But it might just be a rumor

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Post by Coheteboy » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:55 pm

lifelibertyland wrote:
Coheteboy wrote: JET LI'S FEARLESS -- I liked it! No, it probably doesn't have the most incredible fights, but they were impressive nonetheless. The only baffling scene is the very last one. If you seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Hold the phone! I know everyone's entitled to thier own opinion, but I would like to get an example of a movie in which you believe contains an incredible fight scene.
Yuen Woo Ping always delivers the goods when it comes to a truly kick ass fight sequence, and this movie is no exception.

In any case, I saw the Chinese version of this film almost a year ago when it first came out and I thought it was by far one of the best, if not the best Jet Li movie he's ever made. Looking foward to see how his future action movies will compare to this.

When I say that the fights weren't the "most incredible" I don't mean they were less than amazing... but I suppose I was expecting even more for this being Jet Li's final chapter.


Onto movies I've seen recently:

FLUSHED AWAY -- Wow, I was suprised! I've been hearing words up until this was released about how they dumbed it down for american audiences, etc. This movie is FUN. That's it. FUN. Unlike other Dreamworks CG, the film references and gags in this film are actually GOOD and don't feel mean spirited in anyway (shrek tossing little mermaid into the sea and then eaten by sharks comes to mind). The voice work on the leads are well... they're pretty standard but Ian McKellen as the Toad is truly inspiring. Oh and the animation closely resembles the clay stylings of their stop motion characters and I found that really enjoyable. No, this isn't oscar caliber story material here, nor is this the first time you see a movie about rats, but it really is an enjoyable adventure that's worth checking out.
Grade: 7/10


CASINO ROYALE -- Best James Bond movie I've seen in years, but suffers the same problem as Superman Returns.. having all the good action in the first half. But Casino Royale succeeds far and above over superman anyway.
Grade: 8/10


LET'S GO TO PRISON -- Let's not and say we did. Not funny enough to be even worth a rental. Usually a comedy like this has such a big laugh out loud moment to make it sort of worth talking about... nope. Nothing. Don't bother. It's not DATE MOVIE bad by a long shot but it's just mediocre flat comedy.
Grade: 4/10


HAPPY FEET -- Why is this film making so much money? It's above average at best but boy was it annoying for me. The movie posters and trailers definitely trick you into thinking that it was a happy, mindless goop about dancing penguins. What you get instead is the stupidest thing ever. Emperor Penguins who find love through song, but one penguin (elijah wood) can't sing at all. He can only tap dance. He's destined to be alone. Anyhoo... you'd think this movie would focus on him finding love and finding acceptance from the penguins, but it becomes this awful message about environmentalism and how old leaders are idiots and what not.

Highlight for spoilers on why I think this movie sucks:
-Alright so before you even get through the first half of the movie, Elijah Wood almost gets eaten about 3 times. Fun.
-He meets the three caballeros and Robin Williams (in penguin form) and they follow him throughout the rest of the movie. These latino penguins are shorter and fatter than the Emperor Penguins. hmmm.
-The penguins are running out of fish so Elijah Wood goes and finds humans and taps dances for them in a Sea World.
-The humans, enjoying his dancing, return him to his home and then ALL the penguins tap dance for the humans... against the elder penguins orders. But since the humans enjoy it, the elders change their mind.. becoming flip floppers in no time at all and dance like it's 1999.
-The humans love the tap dancing so much they stop fishing in all surrounding areas.
-In the end... all the penguins can tap dance and sing... except for our main character... who is still LESS SPECIAL than the rest because he still can't sing.

Grade: 6/10 (it's entertainment for the masses, and I'm rating it as such, but I really dislike it A LOT).


THE DEPARTED -- Wow. Really awesome! I've seen the original so the fun was kinda taken away but it was still really good stuff here. A definite see.
Grade: 8 or 9/10


THE QUEEN -- Very interesting and well performed story about the days following the death of Princess Diana. If you're into that part of history, check it out. If you know nothing, it's pretty interesting. If you don't care... you probably won't care either way.
Grade: 7/10
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Post by gau dog » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:01 am

I thought Fearless was pretty good, at least the wushu was. While it's been said that it's his last martial arts movie, Jet has clarified he meant it's his last movie about wushu and he would "continue doing action movies and kung fu movies" (and here I thought wushu was a type of kung fu). He's already been rumored to be involved with other period pieces including some sort of collaboration with Jackie Chan. I've read that there's a really big budget for it but the premise and roles for that project are really stupid. The latest rumor with it being directed by Rob Minkoff and the story is about a dorky kid from New York who travels back in time to a "Journey to the West" inspired fantasy China. Jet may play the Monkey King and Jackie one of the Eight Immortals. Sounds like a wasted opportunity to me.

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Post by Coheteboy » Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:55 pm

Saw:

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS -- I thought this film was very interesting and shot very well, but the way this was told, jumping from present time, back to war, and to a later part during the war while the main characters tour the nation to sell bonds.... it's all over the place. In the beginning there was an old guy (just like in saving private ryan) and then it flashes back, and we don't know if we're following the old guy or someone else... because later in the film we get more old guys talking.. it's a mess. But it's a very interestingly good mess and you figure it all out by the end. Bring on "iwo jima" now. I think that'll be the more interesting of the two films.


STRANGER THAN FICTION -- I loved this film. I really can't say anything else. I just found it really interesting and really well done. Go see it.


THE HOLIDAY -- Well, in case you couldn't tell, it's a chick flick. Written and directed by a woman, for a woman. But it's still entertaining enough as you follow the tale of two women, one in Los Angeles and one in England, who switches houses for a holiday to escape bad relationships. The movie poster already gives it away that they find new relationships, but getting there is where the movie is at. Most of it is pretty good, though Cameron Diaz... not my favorite actress and I couldn't find how Jude Law found her that appealing. Jack Black... also an odd choice for Kate Winslet. Anyway, it's pretty good but no must see.
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Post by Kazu » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:18 pm

Dirty Pretty Things - This film is absolutely brilliant. One of the best I've seen in years. I watched it in preparation for The Queen, which is also directed by Stephen Frears, who, as I grow older, is becoming one of my favorite directors. This one features strong performances from the ensemble cast, but especially from newcomer Chjwetel Ojiofer, who is just amazing here. Highly recommended.

The Inside Man - When I found out Spike Lee was directing a heist film, I was immediately interested, since I found him to be one of the most talented filmmakers of his generation, but someone who was often marred by his very strong political viewpoints. This film, at the outset, looked like a run-of-the-mill crime caper film, but it's Spike Lee's very distinct New York flavor that makes this film special, as I didn't expect it to be so goofy and lighthearted. It's a weird and wonderful project. I really enjoyed it.

Interestingly enough, it also features Ojiofer in a supporting role. I rented both these films without knowing he was in either of them or knowing who he was. Looks like filmmakers are picking up on this guy's talent and wisdom. I expect he'll be in a lot of upcoming films...
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Post by gau dog » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:14 am

I signed up for a free trial with blockbuster. Watched...

Zatoichi: The Outlaw - Zatoichi movies are always entertaining. All of them have the Zatoichi formula but every movie is great. Shintaro Katsu is full of tricks. It's amazing that his movies are all just different enough to make them unique. I've seen many Zatoichi movies so Ichi is a legend to me.

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis - In the beginning and middle I felt like I was watching something brilliant. "Genius" is another word that popped in my head. It's a thoughtful movie and I loved the visuals, music too. I wasn't totally satisfied by the end, however. So it was good but not quite genius anymore.

Cars - It felt kind of wierd jumping into Cars after Metropolis. It's like I watch an animated movie that takes itself seriously and deals with humanity to an animated movie that entertains at every moment they got. Pixar entertains well and storytells well. Good movie.

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Post by Sarah Mensinga » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:39 am

My Neighbour Totoro - Why it took me so long to see this movie I do not know, but it was so touching and wonderful and meandering.... and stuffed full of pretty animation. I had heard that the new version had a bad english voice-over, but it really didn't bother me. I liked that they cast sisters to play the sisters.
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Post by Muffin » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:28 pm

I love that movie too.. :]
And I looooove looooove Grave of the Fireflies!
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Post by JordanTNT » Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:33 pm

I saw Night at the Museum a few days ago. While it's not revolutionary, and while It doesn't make it so that I can't think of Ben Stiller's character as "just another role Ben Stiller plays", It's properly entertaining and funny, its characters are likable, and its ending is satisfying - it quietly succeeds, in other words. I also love its "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" treatment of historical figures. I'd give it a 7/10.

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Post by jdalton » Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:06 pm

gau dog wrote:The latest rumor with it being directed by Rob Minkoff and the story is about a dorky kid from New York who travels back in time to a "Journey to the West" inspired fantasy China. Jet may play the Monkey King and Jackie one of the Eight Immortals.
Jet Li is so completely the wrong person to play the Monkey King. Sure he's an excellent martial artist, but the guy can only play one character- and that character is not the irreverent egomaniacal loud-mouthed Sun Wukong.
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