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Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Amy Jeanne, Aug 5, 2007.
Watch The Expendables 2. It's a lot better than the first one, IMO.
All Quiet on the Western Front.
Yes, it is just a bit of a creaky early "Talkie", but the ultimate scene always gets me misty, old fool that I am.
Funny how that happens isn't it. More so to me as I get "closer to the finish line than the starting line"... guess I'm getting sappy in my dotage.
Moonrise Kingdom on a library DVD.
I didn't like it at all, even though I have enjoyed most of Wes Anderson's previous films. I don't understand the critical love for this flick - it was much too impressed with its own adorable preciousness, and there was no narrative point or underlying human truth to the story. I found the stop-motion animals in Fantastic Mr. Fox far more believable as relatable characters!
Doc, I am waiting to see Moonrise Kingdom but not holding my breath about it.
I recently re-watched Darjeeling Express and still didn't care for it. Either I am getting too old for Anderson's themes or he needs to broaden his appeal a bit.
We had Moonrise here this past summer, and the local hipster contingent fell all over themselves with how Wonderful it was. It felt to me like drinking an entire quart of maple syrup.
Good to know. I'll keep a tall glass of seltzer water handy to dilute the schmaltz!
I liked Darjeeling Limited, though not as much as The Royal Tennenbaums or The Fantastic Mr. Fox. But at least, Darjeeling was about three brothers trying to come to terms with their familial dysfunctions, and it included some real character development admidst its bizarre situations.
Nobody in Moonrise Kingdom is believable or displays any character growth whatsoever: the film's slight plot transpires in a very self-conscious look-how-cute-I-am setting that goes for a medium-is-the-message thing. But it doesn't bother to flesh out its characters, who are just sketchy archetypes: rebellious smart girl, oddball genius kid perhaps with a touch of Aspergers, nice dumb cop, married lawyers dealing with everything like it's another case, dedicated but clueless scoutmaster... it even has a character whose only name is "Social Services". I felt there was no human truth to be found in the story: the picture looks great and displays all of Anderson's usual wacky, heightened theatrical tropes... but there's nothing to take away from it.
Of course, as I've said many times, I'm a tough room. Even my best friend loved this film, so maybe I was just expecting too much.
Addendum: Lizzie, I'm happy to see that we're on the same page again!
"adorable preciousness" - Gotta love that term. I enjoyed it Doc (how you been by the way), it was a shamelessly whimsical flight of fancy that, having briefly been a Boy Scout, had me rolling on the floor at times. The dead earnestness of the love story got to me. As wholly unrealsitc as "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was gritty. I'd watch it again.
Hey, I was a Boy Scout too, Worf. Two summers at Camp Read in the Adirondacks (right about the time this film takes place) that had zero in common with the "Khaki Scouts" depicted in this flick. Sure, it was amusing (though I never rolled on the floor) and gorgeous to look at, but I just didn't feel any affection or identification with the caricatures-pretending-to-be-real-human-characters. I mean, with all the critical ballyhoo I was expecting to really love it - as I said, I'm a fan of several of Wes Anderson's other films - and it just didn't work for me at all. And yeah, I guess it's nice that these two oddball kids found each other, but I wasn't invested enough to be particularly charmed...
But hey, this sort of thing is totally subjective. We don't have to agree!
(Old Yiddish expression, roughly translated: "If everyone is in agreement, why have a committee?")
Escape from New York...um, yeah...
There's two hours of my morning I'll never get back.
Planning on it!
Well up here in Toronto we are having a major snow event, so as there really does not seem to be anything on TV I'm watching one of the favourites around here:
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Drive a Crooked Road (Columbia, 1954), with Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Harry Landers, and Paul Picerni. Pretty good yarn about minor race-car driver (Rooney) who dreams of the big-time. He unknowingly gets involved with McCarthy's girl (Foster), and becomes the get-way driver for a bank heist.
Unfortunately, that's not MUCH of a compliment for a movie... [huh]
I wasn't MAD I watched the first one, but I wasn't proud of it either.
Pirates: Band of Misfits on blu-ray. I took my girls to see it in the theatre, and we had to get it on disk. The first animated film for which I am going to get the soundtrack (Tenpole Tudor, the Clash, Flight of the Conchords)!
Deadline USA with Humphrey Bogart. You get Ethyl Barrymore, Ed Begley, Jim Backus, Parley Baer, some spoiled heirs, an ex-wife, her fiancé, a gangster, a drowned woman who's discovered dead wearing nothing but a fur coat (which incidentally is how they will find me when I finally kick), actual press footage from the New York Daily News, and a great speech from Bogey espousing the importance of competition in the world of news reporting.
Not my favorite newspaper film. Certainly not my favorite Bogey film. But still good stuff.
It must be from Rooney's era of trying not to be Andy Hardy; see Quicksand for Carvel's favorite son going noir...
Cheaper By The Dozon, 1950
(Posted about this on my Facebook page, then remembered this thread.)
Rhonda and I just finished watching "Cheaper By The Dozen", the original movie from 1950 with Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. At the end of the movie a voice-over notes that Lillian Gilbreth, the mother, was named Woman of the Year in 1948. I got curious and did a search usin...g Woman of the Year 1948 and found a summary of her life. She was amazing! Most of us manage to accomplish a very small fraction of what she did in her lifetime despite the "handicap" of being a woman during times when women were not taken seriously out of the home. You can read about her here: http://www2.webster.edu/~woolflm/gilbreth2.html
By the way, among other things you can thank her for the foot-operated trash-can lid and shelves in refridgerator doors. In addition to all that, she raised 12 children, half the time as a single parent! I am in awe.
Joyeux Noel. About the 1914 Christmas truce, where many solders from all sides came out of the trenches and sang, played cards and played football! Sad to think that in real life most of the solders did not survive the war, since we know the early recruits suffered appalling losses! The movie is in three different languages, but this makes it more real, then very bad German and French accents.