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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #120 on: April 10, 2009, 10:14:05 PM »
Where the Wild Things Are.  Anyone remember reading this as a kid?  Movie coming in October, 2009...I may want to see this just to stir up some nice memories.
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #121 on: April 28, 2009, 08:04:25 PM »
Gordon Gekko, the man that taught us that "greed is good" (well...not exactly), is making a comeback in a sequel to 1987's Wall Street.  Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas are on hand.  Will Gekko be affected by the banking fiasco?

From The Los Angeles Times:

Fox revives 'Wall Street' sequel: Oliver Stone back on board
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #122 on: April 28, 2009, 08:56:26 PM »
I had a couple of Hrs to burn yesterday during the day...I went to College Point and saw "The Soloist"

I liked it, I wish there would have been more music.  I'm a fan Jamie Foxx and he didn't disappoint as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with remarkable musical talent and he is also remarkably schizophrenic.  At first i wanted to laugh at Foxx's rendition of the crazy guy but then i realize it wasn't very funny at all, it was actually very sad.   Ayers grasp of reality may be tenuous, but his sense of self is incredibly vivid. Sometimes it may get melodramatic but the film was different, less Hollywood-ish and better than I expected. Ayers and Lopez are intense and very complicated...it worked.  I guess the drugs did Downey a whole lot of good after all...LOL


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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #123 on: May 10, 2009, 11:05:59 PM »
Gordon Gekko, the man that taught us that "greed is good" (well...not exactly), is making a comeback in a sequel to 1987's Wall Street. [/url]

Wow...I can't wait.   :smitten:

"Greed, for lack of another word is good!!  Greed is right, greed works.  Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit!" 

I'm touched  
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Gordon Gekko for president!!!! :rockon:
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #124 on: May 11, 2009, 01:31:52 PM »
I just saw "Frozen River."  I really liked it, although it is a bit depressing.  Melissa Leo received a best actress nomination and I believe the writer/director received a screen writing nomination.  Both were well deserved.  What I like best about it is that, although it seems like it takes place in North Dakota, it actually takes place in upstate New York, near the town of Massena.  I've visited that area and it does seem as far removed from JH as the Dakotas.  Give the movie a shot.

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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #125 on: May 17, 2009, 10:19:59 AM »
I like Melissa Leo.  She does a lot of the Law & Orders.  I was really happy to see her get recognition for this film.  Still haven't seen the movie yet but lately I haven't seen ANY movies.
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« Reply #126 on: May 17, 2009, 02:37:53 PM »
I like Melissa Leo.  She does a lot of the Law & Orders.  I was really happy to see her get recognition for this film.  Still haven't seen the movie yet but lately I haven't seen ANY movies.
She was also a regular on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and she appeared in one or two episodes of "The L Word."  The only reason I saw this movie is that I finally caved and joined Netflix.  They are much more efficient than I thought.  It has allowed me to catch up on all the really good small films that I missed.

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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #127 on: May 19, 2009, 02:33:44 AM »
My tastes are more low brow I guess ...

I went to, and enjoyed, both the Wolverine and Star Trek film.  Particularly Star Trek was really really good.
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #128 on: May 20, 2009, 02:22:26 PM »
"Marley and Me" and  "My Dog Skip"

Very good. "My Dog Skip" stars Kevin Bacon who's quite wonderful, Diane Lane and a Jack Russell Terrier. It's a Southern story about a friendless shy boy who grows up with his puppy Skip.  The puppy becomes a well known character in the small town and it is through the puppy that the boy transcends his shyness and grows up.  Kevin Bacon's performance as a bitter WWI Medal of Honor winner crippled from his act of heroism on the battlefield who cannot adequately express his love for his son is very moving.  This is a tremendous and restrained performance.


"Marley and Me" was surprisingly good.  Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston from whom I didn't expect too much  were good ... really good ... as a couple from falling in love to marriage to competing careers  and raising their children  along with their  Cesar Milan failure of a puppy who grows up to be very naughty (discipline challenged) and very wonderful family pet.  Marley (named after Bob Marley) becomes the subject of Wilson's, a reporter, newspaper column. 

A young and loving family ... smart, educated, attractive, responsible grappling with what we all suffer through sans drugs, booze, beatings, car chases, swearing, terminal illness, adultery, teen pregnancy, criminal acts, shootings, racism, self hatred  and children who hate their parents and beat up their teachers. 

Grey Gardens
Starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange

The Bouvier relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy who, because of hardtimes, inability to cope with their precariously dwindling finances and just plain loopiness make headlines in the sixties because of their bizarre  living conditions, in a once beautiful but now crumbling decaying mansion, Grey Gardens, in Southampton.  The mansion that falls on hard times where raccoons, hundreds of feral cats  along with its human residents  Edie and Edie Biele, mother and daughter live with tons of garbage, no hot water, no electricity, no heat, leaking ceilings and walls falling down, no friends and, of course, no money.  They have only themselves and their house and their memories of a time long gone.  Grey Gardens is one of the stars of films.  It is a metaphor for the lives of its human residents.  Once rich and beautiful filled with servants and music and parties  and children and a not so happy couple it gets old and decrepit. 

The parents divorce, the house falls into disrepair because there is no money for upkeep.  Slowly their friends disappear, hopes for a career on stage or movies becomes impossible, a transient love affair does not survive.  Only the love of the mother and daughter survives all.  A couple of brave documentarians, the Maysles, willing to film their wretched lives as is recreates the dreams and hopes for both mother and daughter.  No rewrites, no makeovers, no scripts, no second takes ... just a hand held camera and the Bieles as they are. 

Barrymore is an American treasure.  It is one of the finest performances ever ... on a par with the best of Bette Davis, Kate Hepburn and Patricia Neal.  Barrymore is Barrymore  ... brilliant, moving, funny, sad and triumphant!!!!!!!!!  She was always a good actress but this role puts her in another pantheon.  She is a pure joy to watch.

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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #129 on: May 29, 2009, 10:09:32 PM »
We actually rented "Marley and Me" for the dog lovers in our house (that is, everyone but me!) and they evaluted it as "not enough dog".

Like I said, we like our movies low brow ...
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #130 on: June 19, 2009, 06:25:05 PM »
TCM (Turner Classic Movies) has a blog called MovieMorlocks.com.  There's a blog entry today where the writer compiles a list of the top 10 movie quotes he thinks should just go away.

“Go ahead… make my day.”  Check out the list of 10 classic movie quotes I want to go away

It's a good thing that none of The Godfather quotes are included on the list. ::)
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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #131 on: June 19, 2009, 07:49:39 PM »
We actually rented "Marley and Me" for the dog lovers in our house (that is, everyone but me!) and they evaluted it as "not enough dog".

Like I said, we like our movies low brow ...

I never thought of it but you're right. It needed more dog.  The movie is about Marley. 

Thanks for the "wakeup call."

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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #132 on: June 19, 2009, 07:53:00 PM »
Where the Wild Things Are.  Anyone remember reading this as a kid?  Movie coming in October, 2009...I may want to see this just to stir up some nice memories.

My son read the books "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen."  He loved them and so did I.

Thanks for the heads up on the movie.

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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #133 on: June 19, 2009, 09:16:02 PM »
My tastes are more low brow I guess ...

I went to, and enjoyed, both the Wolverine and Star Trek film.  Particularly Star Trek was really really good.
Wolverine was good but i was upset that all these freaks...oops, i mean "Mutants' didn't use their powers properly...OMG, can you imagine me throwing fire from my eyes   Imagine me freezing stuff up at will and even being made out of unbreakable materials.  I would be one bad MO F'... :2funny:.  

I would open a Mutant power maximizing school.  I would have hooked up with the most powerful mutants and believe me...

Star Trek was really interesting...but how did young Kirk break into the program Spock wrote and circumvent it so as to beat it's outcome?


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Re: Movie fans and film recommendations -- old or new?
« Reply #134 on: June 19, 2009, 09:58:57 PM »
Star Trek was really interesting...but how did young Kirk break into the program Spock wrote and circumvent it so as to beat it's outcome?

Gee Native.  I hope you didn't give anything away here.  I've yet to see Star Trek.  Message to Native ---->  :-X   ;)
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