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« Reply #5865 on: April 23, 2009, 04:31:02 PM »

Sunshine Cleaning - 6/10 - Pretty much a typical self-consciously "quirky" and "hip" Hollywood semi-indy comedy a la Juno and the rest. Alan Arkin and the kid are rather annoying and add little of worth to the story, fortunately they're not in it too much. Worth watching for the two incredibly sexy leads (well, Adams at least, Blunt is rather uglied up) and a few poignant/amusing scenes but otherwise unremarkable.

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« Reply #5866 on: April 23, 2009, 05:40:58 PM »

a few poignant/amusing scenes but otherwise unremarkable.


You've perfectly described the Indie movement in a nutshell.

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« Reply #5867 on: April 23, 2009, 05:43:16 PM »


You've perfectly described the Indie movement in a nutshell.
So have you. Afro

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« Reply #5868 on: April 23, 2009, 06:41:04 PM »

The Chase - Arthur Penn, 1966 - 9/10

Both beautifully individualist and terribly fatalist. Great acting all over the place, though Brando and Redford are a bit over the top.
Must be the only movie with Duval I have seen where he is not the most charismatic guy of the show.
The characters and the atmosphere are great. And I like how they play with archetypes always avoiding clichés, just like OUATITW.

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« Reply #5869 on: April 24, 2009, 03:18:42 PM »

The Soloist (2009) - 9/10. Great acting, great images, great music (how can you go wrong with Beethoven and Bach?). Jamie Foxx is good in the title role, but to my way of thinking the stand out performance is the one delivered by Downy. Is he our greatest film actor now or what? And in the film he's married to (actually divorced from) Catherine Keener! The ideal couple: I wish these guys were married in real life and were my neighbors. This "based on a true story" story avoids the usual pitfalls, which means it's more like a Julian Schnabel bio-pic than a Ron Howard P.O.S. It can't quite avoid the final cliche ("I wanted to help my new friend with his life but my new friend ended up helping me with mine"), but at least it leaves the prognosis for the Foxx character in doubt.  Very well paced. Some great editing supports some wonderful photography--see this digitally projected as I did, don't settle for film!

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The Soloist (2009) - 9/10. Great acting, great images, great music (how can you go wrong with Beethoven and Bach?). Jamie Foxx is good in the title role, but to my way of thinking the stand out performance is the one delivered by Downy. Is he our greatest film actor now or what? And in the film he's married to (actually divorced from) Catherine Keener! The ideal couple: I wish these guys were married in real life and were my neighbors. This "based on a true story" story avoids the usual pitfalls, which means it's more like a Julian Schnabel bio-pic than a Ron Howard P.O.S. It can't quite avoid the final cliche ("I wanted to help my new friend with his life but my new friend ended up helping me with mine"), but at least it leaves the prognosis for the Foxx character in doubt.  Very well paced. Some great editing supports some wonderful photography--see this digitally projected as I did, don't settle for film!

You've convinced me to see it.

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« Reply #5871 on: April 24, 2009, 06:20:17 PM »

Yea it looked like it was going to be good.

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« Reply #5872 on: April 24, 2009, 06:30:16 PM »

My brother claims to have seen this movie months ago on TV. Was he hallucinating, or did he simply discover time travel?

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« Reply #5873 on: April 24, 2009, 07:48:36 PM »

Next he'll be saying he's seen the Wolverine movie, but a rough cut that's missing some of the final FX! What a nut job.

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« Reply #5874 on: April 24, 2009, 09:56:08 PM »


War Of The Worlds: why don't you like the tim robins scene??


 The moment it happened I just felt the movie came to a screeching halt.
Before this Spielberg had put us through a hell of a ride. All of the sudden we're stuck in some dank house with a mumbeling Tim Robbins for longer than I wanted to be.

And that ending. Wow. I never thought Steven would pussy out like that.

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« Reply #5875 on: April 25, 2009, 06:57:28 AM »

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - 8/10

It was really good, I loved the music, but...
I think it was half an hour, or maybe even an hour too long. The problem is, I don't know where should be the redundant time taken out from...

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« Reply #5876 on: April 25, 2009, 08:38:16 AM »

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - 8/10

It was really good, I loved the music, but...
I think it was half an hour, or maybe even an hour too long. The problem is, I don't know where should be the redundant time taken out from...

In my opinion: between the actual assassination of James and the death of Ford. A text à la Unforgiven would have been sufficient to explain what happens then.

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« Reply #5877 on: April 25, 2009, 12:53:54 PM »

No, the film is really about Ford, so the last part of the movie is essential. If anything had to go, it would be the stuff between the train hold-up and the assassination. But I don't think anything needs to be taken out. People are just too hung up on the 3-Act structure; 5-Act films, although rare, are possible and worth having.

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« Reply #5878 on: April 25, 2009, 12:57:31 PM »

Maybe an intermission, Seven Samurai style, would make it work better for me... After all, you usually get an intermission in theatres as well.

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« Reply #5879 on: April 25, 2009, 01:57:11 PM »

Yes, an intermission would be appropriate; but Hollywood gave up the practice years ago. Intermissions further lengthen running times, making it even more difficult to schedule multiple screenings per day.

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