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There are films that, to borrow a phrase from Roger Ebert’s review of Jerry Macguire, make you want to hug yourself with delight.


Interesting. He said the same thing about Almost Famous. I guess Cameron Crowe'll do that to you.

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The Executioner's Song

This is the made-for-TV movie about the last year in the life of Gary Gilmore, based on Norman Mailer's excellent book. Gilmore was the first person to be executed after the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, and this film touches on the ethical questions surrounding that...but overall this is an excellent true life story with amazingly good acting by Tommy Lee Jones as Gilmore and Rosanna Arquette as Gilmore's girlfriend Nicole.

Looking back, it's hard to believe this was made for TV. The Executioner's Song features numerous F-bombs, some graphic violence for its time, and full frontal nudity. It would easily be rated R today. But it takes its subject seriously; this is very far from today's Nancy Grace-style informative murder porn. Highly, highly recommended.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3/4

It has a messy plot, but the action scenes are exciting. Unfortunately, it lacks the aspirations to go the extra mile. The acting, characterization, and plot are effective, but little else. I had the sense that it could have been so much more.

Shuttle 2/4

When JB always talks about characters doing stupid things, I just put that up to him being the smartest man in the world. After watching "Shuttle," I know what he means. Rarely have characters, even in a horror movie, been so dense. There are numerous opportunities to take advantage of the situation or keep it, but the characters don't. Thus, the film goes on and they die one by one. It looks great and has tension, but it's stupid. Plus the ending, while effective, belongs in a different movie.

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[i][b] The film was made in 1943, and is properly patriotic, but intelligently so. Putting the most profound speeches in the mouth of an expatriate German was somewhat controversial at the time, but plays well now.

Now listening with commentary on. (9 of 10)


Yes, his speech on the true nature of war, and his correct insistence that Candy doesn't really understand the thoughtless brutality behind it all are very poignant.

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Land of the Pharaohs

This Howard Hawks cinemascope spectacle is never spoken of very highly, but it's much better than it's supposed to be. For 105 minutes, it's entertaining enough and nice to look at. It's hard for me to get bored with so many extras and colorful scenery filling the frame, even if the story isn't the best. Hawks may have felt uncomfortable with the cinemascope ratio, which he felt was too wide, but this film is still streamlined fairly well in the way that was typical for Hawks before he started working with John Wayne. Despite the arguably overstuffed imagery, it's tighter and breezier than Rio Bravo or Hatari. And for once, Hawks tries his hand at symmetrical composition. And a conceit which amusingly resembles the movie Cube. I like it pretty well.


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Sorry, Wrong Number. Entertaining quickie that generates a bit of suspense while pushing a few psychological angles that would later become a staple of movies of the week. Like the blind protagonist of Wait Until Dark, this requires Barbara Stanwyck to endure unpleasantness while confined to a bedroom after having come to believe that she's infirm when, in fact, she's not. This interesting angle mixed in with Burt Lancaster's character, a guy thrust upward into success against everything he wants for himself, makes for a good thriller that is just as much about character and class as it is about whether Stanwyck will live through the night. Not a great movie but definitely worth 90 minutes.

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Naked

This early 90s Mike Leigh flick is hard-edged and uncompromising. A plotless character study about a lowlife played by David Thewlis. Thewlis is terrific, but so is the rest of the cast. It seems that like Silver Linings, every character here has some sort of mental disorder. This movie is compelling all the way through, although sometimes it feels like the script is comprised mostly of one-liners. Not sure if the character of Sebastian is meant to be darkly horrifying, but I found him mostly to be just funny because of how the actor plays him. A deeply sad movie, but also painfully entertaining.


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Naked

This early 90s Mike Leigh flick is hard-edged and uncompromising. A plotless character study about a lowlife played by David Thewlis. Thewlis is terrific, but so is the rest of the cast. It seems that like Silver Linings, every character here has some sort of mental disorder. This movie is compelling all the way through, although sometimes it feels like the script is comprised mostly of one-liners. Not sure if the character of Sebastian is meant to be darkly horrifying, but I found him mostly to be just funny because of how the actor plays him. A deeply sad movie, but also painfully entertaining.


Great movie indeed. Anyone who only knows Thewlis as Lupin will be pleasantly surprised.


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Naked

This early 90s Mike Leigh flick is hard-edged and uncompromising. A plotless character study about a lowlife played by David Thewlis. Thewlis is terrific, but so is the rest of the cast. It seems that like Silver Linings, every character here has some sort of mental disorder. This movie is compelling all the way through, although sometimes it feels like the script is comprised mostly of one-liners. Not sure if the character of Sebastian is meant to be darkly horrifying, but I found him mostly to be just funny because of how the actor plays him. A deeply sad movie, but also painfully entertaining.


Great movie indeed. Anyone who only knows Thewlis as Lupin will be pleasantly surprised.


For real. Though it's a Mike Leigh film that I admire rather than love. Not that I find that to be to the film's discredit -- kudos to all parties involved for the hard-edgedness you mention. Still, I'd rather cuddle up to Vera Drake or Secrets & Lies.

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MGamesCook wrote:
Naked

This early 90s Mike Leigh flick is hard-edged and uncompromising. A plotless character study about a lowlife played by David Thewlis. Thewlis is terrific, but so is the rest of the cast. It seems that like Silver Linings, every character here has some sort of mental disorder. This movie is compelling all the way through, although sometimes it feels like the script is comprised mostly of one-liners. Not sure if the character of Sebastian is meant to be darkly horrifying, but I found him mostly to be just funny because of how the actor plays him. A deeply sad movie, but also painfully entertaining.


Great movie indeed. Anyone who only knows Thewlis as Lupin will be pleasantly surprised.


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Edward Zwick's Glory.


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Edward Zwick's Glory.


Hey there stranger. Welcome! Just so you know, we typically give our thoughts on what we watched so others can agree/disagree/start conversation

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Miracle of the White Stallions was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and, although the years and my growing up haven't been kind to it, I still enjoy watching the beautiful horses (which are really light gray) promenade and dance. Robert Taylor plays Col. Alois Podhajsky (called "Louis" by his wife), head of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna (and Bronze medalist in the 1936 Olympics), who made heroic efforts to save the Lippezan stallions and later the mares, in an effort to keep the breed alive. Taylor really isn't very good (I've heard him referred to as 'Robot Taylor,' but we do have Lilli Palmer, Eddie Albert and especially Curt Jürgens in support, with James Franciscus likable as a young American officer. The horses, however, are largely interchangeable. I'd forgotten that Lippezans start off dark-colored; the gray ones change color as they get older.

Horse choreography was directed by the real Col. Alois Podhajsky. There are a lot of exciting scenes where the horses' train gets strafed (probably more exciting than real life), and a major battle scene, which makes me wonder if Louis should show a more concern for the humans in the story. The big battle scene is to rescue 2000 prisoners of war, but the 1000 horses rescued (mostly not Lippezans) are the ones we're supposed to cheer for. I must admit it's a good rescue. As near as I can tell, no horses get injured, but lots of humans do. (6.5 of 10, but Schubert's Military March #1 has stuck in my head for a long time because of this movie. To me, it's the March of the White Stallions.)

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^so what made you want to see it in the first place?


I was late for Noah and it was the only thing that was showing that I hadn't seen. Plus I was curious.

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300: Rise of an Empire - ** 1/2 out of ****

300: Rise of an Empire, while still not exactly good and still very flawed, is nonetheless a lot better than I expected. It looks good, the acting is fairly decent, it moves at a decent pace and is, for the most part, better than the first one. But the ending is incredibly anticlimatic and the visual style of the movie is both a strength and a weakness. It's a strength in that the movie is visually stunning for the most part. But the battle scenes suffer from the same problems that plagued the first movie: too much slow motion and WAY too much CGI blood. The CGI blood is a particular problem because it makes so much of the movie feel rather phony and even a little cheesy.


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FilmFanJaimeR wrote:
Edward Zwick's Glory.


Hey there stranger. Welcome! Just so you know, we typically give our thoughts on what we watched so others can agree/disagree/start conversation

And divert into tangentially related subjects, such as Matthew Broderick's career, Denzel Washington's humble beginnings, or how that damned score got used in half the movie trailers that followed for the next few years.

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Traveling for work and stuck with only 1 channel of HBO in the hotel.

Now You See Me (2013)

Thinks it's more clever than it is. A group of 4 under-appreciated street and stage magicians / con-artists are assembled into "The Four Horsemen", who put on elaborate stage shows that pilfer millions of dollars from remote locations and distribute to members of their live audience. Dogged FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and his Interpol agent love interest (Melanie Laurent) are on their trail with the sometime help of magician de-bunker (Morgan Freeman).

The stagings and the cons are elaborate....way too elaborate...and the eventual reveals of "how the magicians did it" relies way too much on suspension of belief and flat out cheating on the part of the filmmakers. The movie looks good and the performances by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the magicians are fine, but there's more eye-rolling than jaw-dropping going on here. 2.0 / 4.0

In Bruges (2008)

London hitmen (Brendan Gleason and Colin Farrell) screw up a hit and are told by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heels in Bruges, Belgium. What follows is a study of how these "honorable anti-heroes" interact and come to grips with who they are and what they have done in their lives while spending time in the quiet, quaint town of Bruges. The banter is good, but some of the action the characters get drawn into gets a bit convoluted. The violence gets pretty intense at times, but is more akin to a Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn movie than a Tarantino outing. Solid performances all around, but a bit of a problem with the overall story and how it unfolds. 3.0 / 4.0


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Traveling for work and stuck with only 1 channel of HBO in the hotel.

Now You See Me (2013)

Thinks it's more clever than it is. A group of 4 under-appreciated street and stage magicians / con-artists are assembled into "The Four Horsemen", who put on elaborate stage shows that pilfer millions of dollars from remote locations and distribute to members of their live audience. Dogged FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and his Interpol agent love interest (Melanie Laurent) are on their trail with the sometime help of magician de-bunker (Morgan Freeman).

The stagings and the cons are elaborate....way too elaborate...and the eventual reveals of "how the magicians did it" relies way too much on suspension of belief and flat out cheating on the part of the filmmakers. The movie looks good and the performances by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the magicians are fine, but there's more eye-rolling than jaw-dropping going on here. 2.0 / 4.0

In Bruges (2008)

London hitmen (Brendan Gleason and Colin Farrell) screw up a hit and are told by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heels in Bruges, Belgium. What follows is a study of how these "honorable anti-heroes" interact and come to grips with who they are and what they have done in their lives while spending time in the quiet, quaint town of Bruges. The banter is good, but some of the action the characters get drawn into gets a bit convoluted. The violence gets pretty intense at times, but is more akin to a Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn movie than a Tarantino outing. Solid performances all around, but a bit of a problem with the overall story and how it unfolds. 3.0 / 4.0

I thought "Now You See Me" was actually extremely clever, I had no problem suspending my disbelief and the plot twist geniunely surprised me in a good way.


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JamesKunz wrote:
FilmFanJaimeR wrote:
Edward Zwick's Glory.


Hey there stranger. Welcome! Just so you know, we typically give our thoughts on what we watched so others can agree/disagree/start conversation


I'm quite unfamiliar with this, since I am rather new to this forum.

Anyways, the last movie I watched was Onibaba by Kaneto Shindo.

Judging from the look of the Criterion cover, I knew I would definitely get quite a scare out of this one. But once I saw it for myself, man, it really freaked me out. Thinking about the premise once again still leaves me feeling rather uncomfortable because of just how much this movie has terrified me. But I've always been wondering how did Shindo just keep going on especially when it came to the choice of filming directly in susuki grass. Regardless, the whole idea put just for this film leaves me terrified even at a rather slight thought of it.


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In Bruges (2008)

London hitmen (Brendan Gleason and Colin Farrell) screw up a hit and are told by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heels in Bruges, Belgium. What follows is a study of how these "honorable anti-heroes" interact and come to grips with who they are and what they have done in their lives while spending time in the quiet, quaint town of Bruges. The banter is good, but some of the action the characters get drawn into gets a bit convoluted. The violence gets pretty intense at times, but is more akin to a Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn movie than a Tarantino outing. Solid performances all around, but a bit of a problem with the overall story and how it unfolds. 3.0 / 4.0


I think that once you get used to the idea of it being a dark comedy, the fact that the events are so convoluted matters less. I would still probably rate it the same as you, but I found this film stayed with me more than I thought it would. I even wrote something about it on my "blog", if you feel like checking it (it's on my signature).

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