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"Movies "
Didn't we used to have movie reviews around here? *coughesteecough*

I love movies, but only get out to a grown-up movie about once each year. Today was my day.

Went to see Django Unchained with DS (18) and DD (16). And I loved it. Classic Tarantino, with amusing dialogue, great music, plenty of blood, and a movie that left me laughing often. Jamie Foxx and particularly Christoph Waltz were excellent.

I don't think either of my kids had seen much of Tarantino in the past, and they both thoroughly enjoyed.

I give it 4 out of 5.


Other movies I would like to see:
- Lincoln
- Les Miserables
- The Hobbit
- and maybe Life of Pi

But that would take me 4 more years to see all these at the theatre!


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 RE: Movies cahaya 12-26-12 1
   RE: Movies Brownroach 12-27-12 2
 RE: Movies sharnina 12-27-12 3
   RE: Movies cahaya 12-27-12 4
   RE: Movies weltek 01-03-13 15
       RE: Movies HobbsofMI 01-04-13 20
           RE: Movies Max Headroom 01-04-13 23
               RE: Movies HobbsofMI 01-04-13 24
 RE: Movies bondt007 12-27-12 5
 RE: Movies Molaholic 12-28-12 6
   RE: Movies byoffer 12-28-12 7
       RE: Movies Molaholic 12-28-12 9
 RE: Movies Max Headroom 12-28-12 8
   RE: Movies WyoGuy44 01-03-13 17
 RE: Movies Sunny_Bunny 12-30-12 10
   RE: Movies kidflash212 12-30-12 11
       RE: Movies Brownroach 01-02-13 13
   RE: Movies LeftPinky 01-04-13 22
 RE: Movies sharnina 01-02-13 12
   RE: Movies cahaya 01-03-13 14
 RE: Movies weltek 01-03-13 16
   RE: Movies Brownroach 01-04-13 18
       RE: Movies weltek 01-04-13 19
       RE: Movies kidflash212 01-05-13 25
 Visionquest viewed VisionQuest 01-04-13 21
   RE: Visionquest viewed sharnina 01-05-13 26
 Life of Pi byoffer 01-05-13 27
 RE: Movies agman 01-11-13 28
 RE: Movies Estee 01-12-13 29

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1. "RE: Movies "
I've already seen The Hobbit twice, once with some friends in Indy and again here with DW and DD. I could probably write a review of it. I will say, though, as long as the movie is, you almost have to see it twice to catch everything. I caught a lot in the second viewing that I missed in the first viewing, and it went quicker the second time than the first time, which seemed kind of slow in the early parts of the movie.

I'll want to read the Les Miserables reviews first before deciding to see it. I've read the book several times, so if the movie goes too far off tangent, I might be disappointed, even if the acting and effects are good. Ditto for Lincoln.

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I've read the book several times, so if the movie goes too far off tangent, I might be disappointed, even if the acting and effects are good.

The book? There was a book?

My sole reference point is Susan Boyle.

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3. "RE: Movies "
Saw Lincoln and thought it was amazing. Daniel Day Lewis was Abraham Lincoln.

Saw The Hobbit twice and really enjoyed it. Reading the book now after about 35 years. I had forgotten enough not to be bothered by all the changes.

Saw Les Miserables today and should have taken a box of Kleenex. I didn't really know the story all that well so it was epic for me. My girls and I really enjoyed it. Anne Hathaway was outstanding and so very tragic as Fantine. She and Hugh Jackman will surely get nominations for this movie.

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4. "RE: Movies "
From one film critic (and reader) to another, both of us having seen The Hobbit twice, I appreciate your comments. Given what you've posted, hesitant as I have been to see them, I'll take a chance on Les Miserables and Lincoln, both.


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15. "RE: Movies "
I agree about the Hobbit. Chris asked me what was different from the book and I said "hell if I remember." It was a fun adventure movie that was worth seeing in 3D. As someone that doesn't love sitting through movies, I thought it was worth it.



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Mrs. Hobbs asked me what was different...I can't remember either but liked the movie and want to see it again.

I also want to go see Flight in theaters but I'm going to have to hurry cause it's only in one around me right now.


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23. "RE: Movies "
I hope you like the ending of "Flight" better than I did. Ruined the entire movie.

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Ok...now I must resist goggling it.


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5. "RE: Movies "
I read the Hobbit a few times, and right now am not planning to see the movie. Will see Lincoln and Les Miserables soon, so no review yet.

In fact the last movie I went to was Skyfall, which was pretty good (fun) but not as good as Casino Royale, IMO.

I really wanted to see Argo but I think I missed it in the theaters.

I was one of those rare birds that didn't like Pulp Fiction at all, so am cautious of Django Unchained, may wait for the small screen.

I *think* I'm looking forward to Gangster Squad...!



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6. "RE: Movies "
The last two movies I've seen were Lincoln and Hitchcock. Both well worth the effort.

I've been a Hitch fan forever, so I needed something special. It was there.

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7. "RE: Movies "
I have always been a Hitchcock fan also. I recently saw an HBO movie called The Girl which depicts his relationship with Tippi Hedren (from her side of the story). I haven't seen the new movie about him with Hopkins (yet!), but wonder how much of the relationship with Tippi is covered.



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Avoiding any spoilers -- Hitchcock covers the making of Psycho (and a few other things...) -- right before Tippi and The Birds.
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8. "RE: Movies "
We recently saw "Perks of Being a Wallflower", "Argo", and "Silver Linings Playbook" at the theater, plus "The Dark Knight Rises" on DVD. I'd recommend them all.
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I really want to see perks of being a wallflower. That is so much me when I was in h.s.


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I saw Lincoln when it came out and loved it. It doesn't surprise me that Danial Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones were amazing and will get Oscar nominations. Sally Field was good, but I'm not really sure why she's up for a GG, because she had roughly 10 lines and wasn't on screen much. lol

Saw the Hobbit yesterday. It should get all sorts of awards for set design etc. This movie is visually stunning - but seriously, they are already 3/4 through the book and there are still two movies to go.

I want to see Les Mis today. I've seen the Broadway production, which I'm hoping won't affect my objectivity. lol


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11. "RE: Movies "
I have the same feeling about Alan Arkin in Argo that you have for Sally Field. Not a big role and it's not exactly a challenging role either, so why all the talk that he is a lock for a Oscar nom? Did really enjoy Argo though.
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*nods* Alan Arkin is generally a good actor but he didn't deserve an Oscar for his undemanding role in "Little Miss Sunshine" and doesn't merit another for "Argo". Any number of actors could have played the part equally well. But I did also like the movie overall.

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"but seriously, they are already 3/4 through the book and there are still two movies to go." Yes, I thought the same thing. I enjoyed the movie more than I expected to (even though I loved LOTR) and am looking forward to seeing what the next two movies bring -

Les Mis is one of my all-time favorite live shows and I've read the book multiple times. That said, I appreciated the movie. It's not perfect, but heartfelt and full of emotional performances. I could have done without the casting of Helena Bonham Carter and the Borat dude - they detracted from the story for me. Overall though, I will see it again (with tissues).

The only other show I saw in theatres this year was the Hunger Games - again, really liked the book. I was pleased with how they handled the touchy killings. Will be interesting to see the next two of these as well.

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12. "RE: Movies "
I'm back to talk a little about Les Miserables.

Saw it for a second time with my husband and am really beginning to appreciate the longevity of this story and musical. I never quite got what was so special about this story.

DH and I were both struck by the story of deep faith throughout. We were interested in the juxtaposition of Jean Valjean's true desire to do what was right in God's eyes no matter the cost and Javert's faith in doing what was right for the sake of how his attention to duty might be perceived. They both uttered a line at crucial points in the story;

By Jean Valjean at the beginning of his changed life -
I am reaching, but I fall
And the night is closing in
And I stare into the void
To the whirlpool of my sin
I'll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean is nothing now
Another story must begin!


by Javert at the end of his life -
I am reaching, but I fall
And the stars are black and cold
As I stare into the void
Of a world that cannot hold
I'll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean.
There is nowhere I can turn
There is no way to go on....

Both men were shown mercy and resulted in very different outcomes.

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Thanks, shar. I've always been fascinated by the novel and its many humanist and spiritual themes.

It's a story of redemption. And if the movie can capture at least this part of it, I'll want to see it.

Thanks for your review, my fellow movie and novel critic.



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16. "RE: Movies "
I'm as frequent of a theatre goer as you are, Byoffer.

Saw THREE this year-it's like a new record for us! We usually go with "Do I NEED to see this in the theatre or can I rent it?" measuring stick.

2012:
The Hunger Games
Skyfall
The Hobbit
(May have also seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2012...it was the holiday season and I can't remember if it was Dec. '11 or Jan. '12).

Finally watched on Video:
The King's Speech (thumbs up!)

2013 wish list to see in theatre:
Argo
Lincoln

Recent movies I'll probably wait for DVD:
Django
Life of Pi
(and realistically, probably Argo and Lincoln)

No desire to see:
Les Mis...I dislike musicals


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Argo isn't really a must-see-it-in-the-theater movie. And it will be out on DVD next month.
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19. "RE: Movies "
That soon? Sh!t, I am more behind on movies than I thought!


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I would agree with BR - Argo is a good movie but it won't suffer from being seen on a TV the way The Hobbit would.

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21. "Visionquest viewed"
Over Christmas break, I viewed Moonrise Kingdom and Safety Not Guaranteed. Two very quirky movies that I would recommend.

Quick synopsis

Safety Not Guaranteed - guy places ad in paper looking for a partner to embark on time travel with him. Must bring your own weapons. Three journalists are trying to get the story on it and one of them ends up getting recruited for the journey. Thought it was very entertaining albeit odd.

Moonrise Kingdom - It's a Wes Anderson movie. Set in the 1960's, a young "khaki scout" (a boy scout type) leaves his camp and meets up with a girl. Considered missing, the boy's scout troop , the girl's family, and the local po-po search for them. It's a lovely, strange story.

Both movies are under 100 minutes so you aren't investing a lot of time if you end up hating them, but I think they are worth a watch.

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26. "RE: Visionquest viewed"
We LOVED Moonrise Kingdom. The kids were very sweet and the adult actors were a delight to watch.
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27. "Life of Pi"
Uh oh, used my 2013 cinema movie budget early! Hope this won't be my last movie for the year.

Life of Pi - based on the book of the same name, which I have not read. The movie is done in 3D (though I didn't understand why).

The story is interesting, and the visuals are good, but I just wasn't amazed/enthralled/moved by this one. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Castaway with Tom Hanks and his side-kick volleyball Wilson. Both movies did a good job of conveying just how difficult loneliness can be, and how in such situations we become desperate for companionship of any sort.

But while that was good, the rest was just an ordinary story. The CGI is impressive.

Overall I give this one 6/10.


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Took DD to Les Mis and we both thought it was really good. I was pleasantly surprised by the singing, especially Ann Hathaway and Samantha Barks(I later found out she had done the state version in the 25th anniversary production).


DS took his girlfriend to it and he just said "Steal a loaf and bred and sh!t happens!(I think he got that from somewhere though.)

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I was taken to The Hobbit last night. The combination of 48 frames per second, 3D, and Imax reached the point where it was almost a sensory assault. It's the first time I've really understood the idea of virtual reality producing overload -- there were people staggering out of the theater, and I had a hand on the exit corridor for several yards. This is going to take some getting used to, and I'm not sure many directors will be eager to leap on this bandwagon.

(I've also seen reality shows with less padding. Take that as you will -- but to me, the most offensive change was Bilbo nearly walking out from the Front Porch.)

BTW, my theater had the Star Trek Into Darkness nine-minute preview. It was -- loud. Oh, and could someone explain to me why a ship designed to survive phaser fire, solar flares, and direct photon torpedo hits would have trouble with lava?

I also caught Safety Not Guaranteed last month.

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