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majoraphasia wrote:
There's a hint of the absurd in a story that aims to be a realistic commentary on 20th century European politics. This is to say nothing about Ishiguro's slapdash Highlights Reel of Politics. Not too good, Ishy. Still like those last five pages, though.


huh, I never thought the book was about politics, not even once. I thought it was a look at a man who has no connection with his own feelings.


Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:37 pm
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mailedbypostman wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
There's a hint of the absurd in a story that aims to be a realistic commentary on 20th century European politics. This is to say nothing about Ishiguro's slapdash Highlights Reel of Politics. Not too good, Ishy. Still like those last five pages, though.


huh, I never thought the book was about politics, not even once. I thought it was a look at a man who has no connection with his own feelings.


Ah, yes... but it is about politics. And, yes, it's also about a man with no connection to his feelings. Ishiguro is making a statement about moral character in a radically shifting political environment -- Stevens remains the same servile drone through peace, through Nazism and well into the relative calm of the 1950s. It's a critique of how Britain acted in the run-up to WWII and Ishiguro stages several scenes where members of the Nazi party are background to Stevens working his Butler mojo. He talks about the political turmoil without once actually acknowledging what it meant. It's so heavy-handed that I'm starting to wonder if I've been too kind to the book.


Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:58 pm
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True Grit (2010)

You already know most of the details. Jeff Bridges plays broken down US Marshall Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, hired by Mattie Ross (as played by relative newcomer Hailee Steinfeld), to avenge her father's murder at the hands of dim, but dangerous, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Along the way they are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who also is after Chaney for crimes he committed in Texas. Chaney has since been taken in by the notorious Ned Pepper gang in the frontier wilderness.

This is a probably one of the most straight-forward Coen brothers movies you will find. Bridges is no John Wayne, but he does bring his own cranky charm to the character of Cogburn. Hailee Steinfeld is a gem in this picture, bringing forth the right blend of earnestness and spunk in Mattie Ross. Damon does a good job as alternating antagonist and sidekick to Bridges as the team makes their way from "civilization" into Indian territory to seek out the bandits.

The terrain is rugged and cold, and the Coens aren't much for vistas, but as with just about every Western since Pale Rider, there is a sense of verisimilitude in the way the frontier is presented.

Several key scenes take place at a distance, from Maddie's POV and we, like she, are left slightly confused by what is happening as Rooster or LeBeouf are engaged in muted confrontations. Confused until the shots are fired and then we are drawn into the action.

The dialogue is very intelligent, with much of the cadences and diction reminiscent of the HBO series "Deadwood." There are some very funny moments that are derived from the character interactions.

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If I have one beef, it would be the ending. The preceding 100 minutes are all about revenge, and no one comes away unscarred, either emotionally or physically. The final minutes, while probably true to the characters, are a bit of a downer. Mattie has got her revenge, but the life she goes on to lead in the future is hard and seems to be empty of much happiness. It didn't necessarily need to be so and it turned me off a bit, but others, I'm sure, will like it. She comes out stronger, but less happy


True Grit is a very strong picture and a bit of a departure from the Coen's usual style. The story and characters are very involving. By the end of the picture, you come to realize that the title refers to Mattie just as much, if not more so, than it does to Rooster.

3.5 / 4.0


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Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:06 am
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majoraphasia wrote:
mailedbypostman wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
There's a hint of the absurd in a story that aims to be a realistic commentary on 20th century European politics. This is to say nothing about Ishiguro's slapdash Highlights Reel of Politics. Not too good, Ishy. Still like those last five pages, though.


huh, I never thought the book was about politics, not even once. I thought it was a look at a man who has no connection with his own feelings.


Ah, yes... but it is about politics. And, yes, it's also about a man with no connection to his feelings. Ishiguro is making a statement about moral character in a radically shifting political environment -- Stevens remains the same servile drone through peace, through Nazism and well into the relative calm of the 1950s. It's a critique of how Britain acted in the run-up to WWII and Ishiguro stages several scenes where members of the Nazi party are background to Stevens working his Butler mojo. He talks about the political turmoil without once actually acknowledging what it meant. It's so heavy-handed that I'm starting to wonder if I've been too kind to the book.

Um.
Well, maybe it was the direction of the class, or just my ignorance, but I never thought about that. or maybe this book is making a statement about MYSELF. :shock:


Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:08 am
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The A-Team (2010)
A terrible movie based on the (in my opinion) forgettable 1980ies action TV show. The film doesn't even manage to recreate the limited appeal of the TV show and focusses on ludicrous action, which is filmed in an incomprehensible manner. In addition, the filmmaking is very, very sloppy: An aerial shot of "Frankfurt main station" actually shows Cologne with its landmark cathedral in the centre of the frame. That's like showing the Empire State Building and subtitling it "Los Angeles main station". But this is a minor nitpick in a movie which disregards logic, common sense and physics to an astonishing degree. Very Bad - 2/10.

World's Greatest Dad
Robin Williams stars the father of the most reprehensible teenager in movie history. When the teenager dies as the result of accidentally strangulating himself in an attempt at autoerotic asphyxiation, the father forges a suicide note and a diary and thereby saves his son's reputation and achieves success as a writer which had eluded him so far. This is a very dark comedy satirising the way how many people glorify the recently deceased and how people capitalise on tragedy. Robin Williams is excellent in a dramatic role. However, the movie thoroughly exhausts its premise before the end and feels a bit too long even at a running time of mere 90 or so minutes. Also, there are too many montage-style sequences. Still, this is a good movie - 7/10


Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:56 am
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The A-Team (2010)
A terrible movie based on the (in my opinion) forgettable 1980ies action TV show. The film doesn't even manage to recreate the limited appeal of the TV show and focusses on ludicrous action, which is filmed in an incomprehensible manner. In addition, the filmmaking is very, very sloppy: An aerial shot of "Frankfurt main station" actually shows Cologne with its landmark cathedral in the centre of the frame. That's like showing the Empire State Building and subtitling it "Los Angeles main station". But this is a minor nitpick in a movie which disregards logic, common sense and physics to an astonishing degree. Very Bad - 2/10.


Ahh, but Unke, that's not all. If you recall my "Blatant errors in films" thread...

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This post is inspired by "The A-Team" which has some really stupid mistakes. With such a movie, I'm not really expecting 100% accuracy, but c'mon...

These are all German-related, so that's probably why I noticed, but stuff like this annoys me (mountains in the background in Rumble in the Bronx, anyone?).

1. In scenes supposedly set in Frankfurt, the Cologne cathedral is clearly seen.
2. All the cars in Frankfurt/Main have Frankfurt/Oder license plates (FF instead of the correct F)
3. On an internal German flight, they fly over a desert.
4. The German border police are all speaking Norwegian.


Very sloppy filmmaking, as you said.


Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:39 am
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MunichMan wrote:
Unke wrote:
The A-Team (2010)
A terrible movie based on the (in my opinion) forgettable 1980ies action TV show. The film doesn't even manage to recreate the limited appeal of the TV show and focusses on ludicrous action, which is filmed in an incomprehensible manner. In addition, the filmmaking is very, very sloppy: An aerial shot of "Frankfurt main station" actually shows Cologne with its landmark cathedral in the centre of the frame. That's like showing the Empire State Building and subtitling it "Los Angeles main station". But this is a minor nitpick in a movie which disregards logic, common sense and physics to an astonishing degree. Very Bad - 2/10.


Ahh, but Unke, that's not all. If you recall my "Blatant errors in films" thread...

Quote:
This post is inspired by "The A-Team" which has some really stupid mistakes. With such a movie, I'm not really expecting 100% accuracy, but c'mon...

These are all German-related, so that's probably why I noticed, but stuff like this annoys me (mountains in the background in Rumble in the Bronx, anyone?).

1. In scenes supposedly set in Frankfurt, the Cologne cathedral is clearly seen.
2. All the cars in Frankfurt/Main have Frankfurt/Oder license plates (FF instead of the correct F)
3. On an internal German flight, they fly over a desert.
4. The German border police are all speaking Norwegian.


Very sloppy filmmaking, as you said.


Your fourth point explains why the German border police were wearing Norwegian uniforms as well. 'The A-Team' must be one of the most mistake-ridden movies ever.


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Defending Your Life ***
Solid but unspectacular Albert Brooks comedy about a guy who is trying to prove that he's deserving of going to Heaven and shouldn't have to go through another incarnation on Earth. Different in that most movies would have him wanting to return to Earth, probably. Not Albert Brooks' funniest, merely funny in fits and starts, mostly more of a pleasant film.

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Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:32 am
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Meryl Streep gives Defending your Life an extra 1/2 star. She pretty much does that with every movie she's in, with few exceptions.


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Meryl Streep gives Defending your Life an extra 1/2 star. She pretty much does that with every movie she's in, with few exceptions.

Yeah otherwise it'd be ** 1/2.

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Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:40 am
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johnny larue wrote:
True Grit is a very strong picture and a bit of a departure from the Coen's usual style. The story and characters are very involving. By the end of the picture, you come to realize that the title refers to Mattie just as much, if not more so, than it does to Rooster.

3.5 / 4.0


Excellent review there Johnny. I get the feeling you were a little underwhelmed at the Coen's straight forward approach here, though. Was that the case?

And I have to ask...can I bring grandma to the movie?


Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:32 pm
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ram1312 wrote:
johnny larue wrote:
True Grit is a very strong picture and a bit of a departure from the Coen's usual style. The story and characters are very involving. By the end of the picture, you come to realize that the title refers to Mattie just as much, if not more so, than it does to Rooster.

3.5 / 4.0


Excellent review there Johnny. I get the feeling you were a little underwhelmed at the Coen's straight forward approach here, though. Was that the case?

And I have to ask...can I bring grandma to the movie?


I wasn't underwhelmed with the film per se, and the Coens have displayed multiple film making styles before, though I think most people think of their "signature style" to be in the Fargo/Big Lebowski/Burn After Reading vein. There are one or 2 "quirky" characters / situations to be sure in True Grit, but they do not dominate the proceedings. People going in looking for a signature Coen experience may be disappointed; people looking for a solid Western will not.

And yes...you can probably bring Grandma to the movie. There is gun play, but it does not get overly bloody.


Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:39 pm
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True Grit (2010)

You already know most of the details. Jeff Bridges plays broken down US Marshall Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, hired by Mattie Ross (as played by relative newcomer Hailee Steinfeld), to avenge her father's murder at the hands of dim, but dangerous, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Along the way they are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who also is after Chaney for crimes he committed in Texas. Chaney has since been taken in by the notorious Ned Pepper gang in the frontier wilderness.

This is a probably one of the most straight-forward Coen brothers movies you will find. Bridges is no John Wayne, but he does bring his own cranky charm to the character of Cogburn. Hailee Steinfeld is a gem in this picture, bringing forth the right blend of earnestness and spunk in Mattie Ross. Damon does a good job as alternating antagonist and sidekick to Bridges as the team makes their way from "civilization" into Indian territory to seek out the bandits.

3.5 / 4.0


This isn't even out yet you lucky man, you. You said that Bridges is no Wayne. Did you see the original? How does it compare? And does LaBoeuf make any romantic advances towards Maddie? There was a hint of that in the original which was very weird.


Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:41 pm
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johnny larue wrote:
True Grit (2010)

You already know most of the details. Jeff Bridges plays broken down US Marshall Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, hired by Mattie Ross (as played by relative newcomer Hailee Steinfeld), to avenge her father's murder at the hands of dim, but dangerous, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Along the way they are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who also is after Chaney for crimes he committed in Texas. Chaney has since been taken in by the notorious Ned Pepper gang in the frontier wilderness.

This is a probably one of the most straight-forward Coen brothers movies you will find. Bridges is no John Wayne, but he does bring his own cranky charm to the character of Cogburn. Hailee Steinfeld is a gem in this picture, bringing forth the right blend of earnestness and spunk in Mattie Ross. Damon does a good job as alternating antagonist and sidekick to Bridges as the team makes their way from "civilization" into Indian territory to seek out the bandits.

3.5 / 4.0


This isn't even out yet you lucky man, you. You said that Bridges is no Wayne. Did you see the original? How does it compare? And does LaBoeuf make any romantic advances towards Maddie? There was a hint of that in the original which was very weird.


I saw the original many, many (15+) years ago. I meant to revisit but did not find the time. I actually have a buddy who works these preview showings for a few of the major studios; he does these 4-6 times a month (he had Black Swan on Monday night). I could actually go to a lot more of these (and get a reserved seat to boot) but a) I don't see this friend all that much so I wouldn't want our friendship to devolve into me using him to go to free movies and b) I don't think my wife and 2.5 kids would appreciate me being off on my own that much.

There wasn't any weird LaBoeuf / Mattie advances in this version. For a 14-year old girl off in the wilderness with nothing but rough and tumble dudes, she does get off pretty easy in this regard.


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Meryl Streep gives Defending your Life an extra 1/2 star. She pretty much does that with every movie she's in, with few exceptions.

Yeah otherwise it'd be ** 1/2.


Oh Firefly! I think this is a glorious movie. Inventive, stirring, funny, and different. I gave it ****, and that's not a rating I give out lightly. It's Brooks' magnum opus, and a wonderful piece of moviemaking.

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JamesKunz wrote:
firefly wrote:
MunichMan wrote:
Meryl Streep gives Defending your Life an extra 1/2 star. She pretty much does that with every movie she's in, with few exceptions.

Yeah otherwise it'd be ** 1/2.


Oh Firefly! I think this is a glorious movie. Inventive, stirring, funny, and different. I gave it ****, and that's not a rating I give out lightly. It's Brooks' magnum opus, and a wonderful piece of moviemaking.

Definitely inventive and different. I think that you're pretty in line with Ebert on this one. I actually didn't find it all that funny--Brooks has a few good one-liners, and there's one laugh out loud scene (the one that leads to Brooks' "dinner" crack) but overall, I think it could've been funnier. I think that Woody Allen, in the 70s or 80s, could've done more with the idea.

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Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:11 pm
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The Loved Ones 2009

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Getting ready for the school dance. Doesn't she look pretty?


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How cute! Pose with your date dear


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Nice! Things are heating up. I bet that the next thing he sucks is your...


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...drill???


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Fuck

The Loved Ones (2009) is an Australian high school horror-comedy. That probably doesn't sound too good (Jennifer's Body), but I assure you that it is. There's no release date yet, but it's made the rounds across various film festivals including AFI and The Toronto Film Festival where it was a "Midnight Madness" winner. A lot of it qualifies as torture porn (and a few scenes are undoubtedly difficult to watch), but the tone often opts for the ridiculous. Really, really ridiculous. It's like some unholy combination of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dogtooth though probably not as good as either. If you're a fan of Horror films, this is a must-see. It isn't perfect but it's very different. 7/10.

Here's a trailer. Be warned that it reveals a lot of (virtually all) plot details:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5BFm4qIow


Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:59 pm
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Oh my...my, my, my...

I loved how you did that ed.


Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:47 am
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Guess what I just watched! That's right, Dante Tomaselli's debut film Desecration. Good guess. You got lucky.

I'd seen the other films in the guy's filmography and, as mentioned in another thread, I have some DVDs I've been holding for several years. I've had this one for six. It was time. And here's the poster:

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I like it! The movie, which averages 3.2/10 on IMDB, is an American-made homage to the Italian horror classics of the 70s/80s down to the complete amputation of "narrative" in favor of spooky atmosphere and cheap bloodshed. And boy is this cheap: I've made visits to the grocery store that likely double the budget of this bargain-bin project. *taps microphone* *vows to stop bad jokes* Ostensibly about a boy who accidentally (hilariously!) kills a nun and has to pay the price with a free trip to hell's half acre, Desecration is a nicely creepy film that was made in the same spirit as more expensive dreamscapes. Some of the images are a little silly (think the preview for DON'T in Grindhouse) but, for the most part, the movie nails the dream/nightmare feel while making a point around fate and so on and whatever. The IMDB score is a little too low... I woulda rated it a 6. Worth a look if you've been hanging on to a DVD copy for six or seven years.


Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:25 am
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Over the past couple of days...

Somewhere - 5/10

Sofia, there's keeping your hand close to the chest, and there's barely giving your audience a damn thing to work with. Somewhere is more the latter than the former, and it's unfortunate, since Stephen Dorff isn't necessarily bad (neither is Elle Fanning). But Sofia just ain't constructive with her time, and all we get is an extremely stripped-down look at a rowdy actor getting on the straight and narrow that doesn't really draw you in.

Blood for Dracula - 7/10

A bit more traditional than I would've liked and not nearly as funky as Flesh for Frankenstein, but this was still plenty demented in its own right. Flesh, blood, and all that good stuff splash out on the screen in a story that turns Dracula's quest for virgin meat into a commentary on higher/lower class relations. Sounds like a stretch, but it's pulled off with equal parts intelligence and lasciviousness.

Four Lions - 7/10

A very tricky premise pulled off very well. The gallows humor kept the funny parts funny and the scary bits scary. For as often as I chuckled at the would-be jihadists at the center of the story, the fact that dumbasses like these could very well exist in this world. Overall, pretty sharp stuff.


Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:30 am
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