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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)
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Johnny Knoxville's attempt of lifting Jackass out of merely a collection of crazy stunts and pranks by giving it a pseudo-narrative (about a grandpa (Knoxville in Oscar nominated makeup) escorting his grandson across country) is only partially successful. Essentially he seems to be trying to emulate Sacha Baron Cohen's films Borat and Brüno, undertaking various crude pranks in front of an unsuspecting public and recording their reactions, using the basic story premise of Adam Sandler's Big Daddy - i.e a child being negatively influenced by an adult. I found it mostly unfunny, except for the sketches in the male strip club involving a prosthetic penis and the child beauty pageant; both managed to give me a chuckle. This really could and should have been better, i.e. funnier.
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12 Years a Slave I have a lot of things in mind, but I just can't properly process them now. Saw this last night and I'm still wondering who left this onions around :cry: All I can say now is that it was neatly directed and wonderfully acted. Not a spectacular film, but a very good one. Grade: A-

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Captain Phillips What an intense film. It reminded me of films like Apollo 13, or Valkyrie, where the director manages to infuse tension despite the fact that most people know the outcome. I do think it lagged a bit towards the middle, which ended up making the film perhaps a bit longer than it should, but I really enjoyed it. Plus, both Hanks and Barkhad Abdi deserve their nominations. When the last scene came up, I lost it. Great performances, pretty good film. Grade: A-

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Captain Phillips What an intense film. It reminded me of films like Apollo 13, or Valkyrie, where the director manages to infuse tension despite the fact that most people know the outcome. I do think it lagged a bit towards the middle, which ended up making the film perhaps a bit longer than it should, but I really enjoyed it. Plus, both Hanks and Barkhad Abdi deserve their nominations. When the last scene came up, I lost it. Great performances, pretty good film. Grade: A-


Astoundingly, Hanks was left off the shortlist for Best Actor.

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Thief12 wrote:
Captain Phillips What an intense film. It reminded me of films like Apollo 13, or Valkyrie, where the director manages to infuse tension despite the fact that most people know the outcome. I do think it lagged a bit towards the middle, which ended up making the film perhaps a bit longer than it should, but I really enjoyed it. Plus, both Hanks and Barkhad Abdi deserve their nominations. When the last scene came up, I lost it. Great performances, pretty good film. Grade: A-


Astoundingly, Hanks was left off the shortlist for Best Actor.


Wow, I really thought he was nominated. Probably because he was for a lot of other awards. What a shame.

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Wrapped up Drug War.

The action scenes were unusually good but, when I factor in the rest of the movie, this one wasn't especially memorable. Ordinary, really. That this has a shot at winning a Pedro for best foreign film is discouraging.

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Nebraska (2013)
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A sort of road trip movie (although most of it plays in Hawthorne, Nebraska) about a son and his aged senile father driving from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a Reader's Digest like $1,000,000 prize that the father is certain he won. Once in Nebraska, they reconnect with estranged family members and friends and visit old haunts. Charming, sometimes funny and bitter sweet, this sort of thing is my cup of tea. The acting is mostly excellent, particularly Bruce Dern as the old man. The only misstep I thought was the decision to film in black and white. While I normally have no issues with the use of B&W, I just don't see how it elevates this particular film. The cinematography that goes out of it's way to highlight the wonderful scenery, vast landscapes and stunning sunsets of the US's Midwest is rendered almost pointless. I strongly feel Nebraska would have been better in colour.
8/10.

This completes my quest in watching all Best Picture nominations BEFORE the Oscars aired. w00t!


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Wrapped up Drug War.

The action scenes were unusually good but, when I factor in the rest of the movie, this one wasn't especially memorable. Ordinary, really. That this has a shot at winning a Pedro for best foreign film is discouraging.

Agreed.


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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Extended cut) (2013 / 2014?)

Never got around to seeing this when it was released last year and along came the extended cut, so why not? I was never that much of a fan of the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. It was OK, but I always thought Will Ferrell was just taking a 5-minute SNL character and stretching it out to 90 minutes. Anchorman 2 falls along largely the same lines. Like many comedies of this sort, it isn't really a cohesive movie as much as a series of set pieces, which run the gamut of flat to side splitting.

This time Ron is in the big leagues, and he and his team are tapped to fill the graveyard shift on the brand new 24-hour news network GNN. The film is set in 1979 and wastes no time in skewering "news as entertainment" and throws some barbs at cable networks that try to cater to one topic for round-the-clock coverage (History Channel, MTV, ESPN, etc.). Much of the humor is mined from a hindsight perspective, where they take "predictive shots" at events and trends that have transpired over the past 30 years, and while much of it is quite funny, it's not all that impressive. It just makes other visionary films such as Network and even Weird Al Yankovic's UHF all the more impressive with their on-the-spot commentary of entertainment trends. (And Anchorman 2 is set in 1979 and they throw in a Ghostbusters line? Really guys? IMDB is a pretty easy "research tool" to use if you can't remember when a movie came out.)

All in all I laughed at a lot of Anchorman 2, and cringed (both when they wanted me to, and not when they wanted me to). 2.5 / 4.0


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The Grapes of Wrath

In making this adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, director John Ford tones down some of the more radical political elements of the author's text. However, the film still portrays the desperation of Depression-era America very well, and while the film version of Grapes lacks the socialist elements of the story, it remains one of the greatest examples of Hollywood populism. This film does something that few studio productions do today; it states that the rights of working people are important and worth fighting for. Henry Fonda delivers one of his greatest performances in a career full of them.

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Blue is the Warmest Color

One of the best of last year. I could go on at length about the performances, the naturalism, the chemistry, the profundities of self that the movie takes care to examine. I won't: you'll either see it or you won't, your mind is likely already made up. Because I can't really stop myself, a few comments:

- Adèle Exarchopoulos, the lead, looks about 16 even when she's playing 22. She's actually 20 years old (after the first sex scene I felt like I had just broken the law and wanted to assuage my guilty feelings) and gives the most realistic performance of a young woman I've ever seen -- it's really amazing. She just looks really, really young.

- It's hard to decide which is the best performance of 2013, Adèle or Léa Seydoux's Emma. There aren't many false moments between them and, individually, they are the kind of people that I've known or would like to know. Emma in particular: insinuatingly sensual and an all-around attractive person. I wish I knew her, she's so fucking alive.

- Every scene feels like a micro-movie. Entire conversations, even mundane nothings and asides, are rendered completely. This total lack of economy is refreshing, makes the movie feel like a space rather than something that's passively stared at before getting put on a shelf.

- Obligatory mention of sex scenes goes HERE.

- There is an unsettling scene late in the movie when the two, after years apart, meet again in a bar. I will talk about this scene in another thread, as it was the best scene of 2013.

It's not just a collection of scenes. As a whole, this is one movie that feels complete, finished right down to the very last detail. It's a little exhausting and often painful, always exciting. It's so good. Check it out.

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Blue is the Warmest Color

One of the best of last year. I could go on at length about the performances, the naturalism, the chemistry, the profundities of self that the movie takes care to examine. I won't: you'll either see it or you won't, your mind is likely already made up. Because I can't really stop myself, a few comments:

- Adèle Exarchopoulos, the lead, looks about 16 even when she's playing 22. She's actually 20 years old (after the first sex scene I felt like I had just broken the law and wanted to assuage my guilty feelings) and gives the most realistic performance of a young woman I've ever seen -- it's really amazing. She just looks really, really young.

- It's hard to decide which is the best performance of 2013, Adèle or Léa Seydoux's Emma. There aren't many false moments between them and, individually, they are the kind of people that I've known or would like to know. Emma in particular: insinuatingly sensual and an all-around attractive person. I wish I knew her, she's so fucking alive.

- Every scene feels like a micro-movie. Entire conversations, even mundane nothings and asides, are rendered completely. This total lack of economy is refreshing, makes the movie feel like a space rather than something that's passively stared at before getting put on a shelf.

- Obligatory mention of sex scenes goes HERE.

- There is an unsettling scene late in the movie when the two, after years apart, meet again in a bar. I will talk about this scene in another thread, as it was the best scene of 2013.

It's not just a collection of scenes. As a whole, this is one movie that feels complete, finished right down to the very last detail. It's a little exhausting and often painful, always exciting. It's so good. Check it out.

I saw this at a film festival about three months back and still remember it like the back of my hand. (I like cliches.)

Besides everything you mentioned, what I most loved about the film was how the director was completely non-judgmental about his characters, and how he didn't politicize the issue. Too often, with the subject of homosexuality, I feel the directors are obligated to introduce a couple of scenes addressing the larger picture of how they're perceived and make a global statement. (BitWC did have one minor scene in Adele's high school, but that's about it.) I never got the feeling this was a "lesbian" couple, they were just a couple so unbelievably in love with each other. And what a love it is. I know it is Adele's coming-of-age story, and how she needs to overcome the hurt of that first love, but this is one of the best romances I've ever seen.

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Besides everything you mentioned, what I most loved about the film was how the director was completely non-judgmental about his characters, and how he didn't politicize the issue. Too often, with the subject of homosexuality, I feel the directors are obligated to introduce a couple of scenes addressing the larger picture of how they're perceived and make a global statement. (BitWC did have one minor scene in Adele's high school, but that's about it.) I never got the feeling this was a "lesbian" couple, they were just a couple so unbelievably in love with each other. And what a love it is. I know it is Adele's coming-of-age story, and how she needs to overcome the hurt of that first love, but this is one of the best romances I've ever seen.


Had the movie been only about homosexuality, taking a 'forbidden love' angle, it would have been a completely different movie. But the movie really isn't political and it really isn't about two female characters who have sex. As you said, it's two people who are in love who happen to share a gender. Or: it's how it actually is in the real world, not as it usually is in the movies.

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Don't worry, the real world still includes a few straight people.


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Don't worry, the real world still includes a few straight people.


Your point, I'm guessing, being that I liked the movie because I'm a white liberal.

You seem like a reasonably bright guy; use that for something constructive, not rolling your eyes at what idiots some people may be. Alienating people doesn't do any good for you or this forum.

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Mark III wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Don't worry, the real world still includes a few straight people.


Your point, I'm guessing, being that I liked the movie because I'm a white liberal.

You seem like a reasonably bright guy; use that for something constructive, not rolling your eyes at what idiots some people may be. Alienating people doesn't do any good for you or this forum.


Aw, come on. My post was a sarcastic jab at yours. You lecturing me doesn't do any good for you or this forum either, I can tell you that with confidence.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Mark III wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
Don't worry, the real world still includes a few straight people.


Your point, I'm guessing, being that I liked the movie because I'm a white liberal.

You seem like a reasonably bright guy; use that for something constructive, not rolling your eyes at what idiots some people may be. Alienating people doesn't do any good for you or this forum.


Aw, come on. My post was a sarcastic jab at yours. You lecturing me doesn't do any good for you or this forum either, I can tell you that with confidence.


Alright, alright. I'm moving on, don't want to be the forum mother.

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Speaking of forum mothers and those gently sexist commercials of the 80s that showed a sick child being treated by "Dr. Mom" via elixir produced by stuffy white men at the head of large laquered tables, owners of a pharmaceutical conglomerate so driven that... uh... I also watched Dr, Jack, a Harold Lloyd movie. Or a Fred C. Newmeyer starring Harold Lloyd. Lloyd had something to do with it, of that I'm sure.

This time out, Lloyd plays affable Dr. Jack who treats the ill with good humor and other remedies that would have no effect on Spanish flu, which had killed more than fifty million people some four years before Harold Lloyd ran around making people smile and thus saving their lives. If he had tried this form of treatment in much of the world around 1918, he would have been beaten to death. Rightfully so.

And that's my review of Dr. Jack.

I'll probably add something to that silent movie thread that one person made.

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The Mortal Storm

This is after seeing the fairly new Warner archive DVD release. Frank Borzage is often labeled too romantic, cornball, or otherwise outdated. Those things show up a little in this film, though really not as much as you might think. Most of the corniness is at the beginning, with an awful lot of sentimentality spent on Frank Morgan's birthday. The Wizard of Oz really has a hard time in this movie though, so I guess he deserves as much pleasantness as he can get for the first few scenes. This movie is like a compressed Sound of Music which focuses only the Nazi kid's subplot; and that makes for a pretty good movie. This movie's depressing aspects should continue to be effective considering it was made in 1940. Too depressing to speak of, really. But it's a film that should be more widely known. It expands on an idea that many later Holocaust films ignored: the possibility that some who became Nazis could have been decent people in another lifetime without the temptation of evil. What an unsettling movie.

Borzage's craft is really spotless too. The skiing sequences are superb.


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The last film I watched was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Whilst I thought it was actually visually poor, I loved the rising against oppression story and gave me similar spine-tingling feeling to that of when the people walk through the army barracades in V for Vendetta. I have no idea why James Franco signed up for this film as he was completely wasted. I really did enjoy it, though. I've never rooted for an ape so much in my life.

I look forward to the next installment, which I think is due out in a year or two.


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Skin Game

This 1971 comedy is both funny and fun. A fine alternative to the insistence on unwavering seriousness about everything. Earnestly acted, and a terrific concept. It's about a white guy and a black guy who use slavery as a con. It seems like hardly anyone has seen this movie, maybe due to the controversy. The tone is of the typical light-hearted comedy variety I've seen a lot of from the 70s and 80s. The script is a little contrived, and it sometimes jumps into the main beats too quickly. It feels like there may be some missing scenes. The direction is harmlessly light and feels like it's part of the early 70s trend. This kind of movie may never win best picture, but it's a heartwarming, pleasant enough 100 minutes.

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The last film I watched was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Whilst I thought it was actually visually poor, I loved the rising against oppression story and gave me similar spine-tingling feeling to that of when the people walk through the army barracades in V for Vendetta. I have no idea why James Franco signed up for this film as he was completely wasted. I really did enjoy it, though. I've never rooted for an ape so much in my life.

I look forward to the next installment, which I think is due out in a year or two.


No, it's out this July. I thought the visuals were pretty good. Wyatt made good use of the sets and kept the camera going fast and loose. Drew me into the story. I'm not too sure about the new one, but I hope it's good.


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