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#3721 Stone

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:21 PM

Let the Right One In, which can be very inadequately described as a Swedish horror film, with its central character a lonely,bullied 12 year old boy who befriends a mysterious girl who has moved in next door. It's creepy and suspenseful and quite a bit bloody in spots but at the same time has moments that are sweet and touching, and even funny. I'm trying to think of a false note in it, but can't. Great cinematography, too. In Swedish with English subtitles, directed by Tomas Alfredsen who also directed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Wow. This was such a surprise. It's the sweetest vampire movie you can imagine.
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#3722 StephanieL

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

Come Back Africa, now playing at Film Forum. Lionel Rogosin's follow-up to On the Bowery, it was made in a semi-documentary style, using real footage and semi-scripted scenes with nonprofessional actors. It was shot in Johannesburg, both in the center city and the Sophiatown area (in the process of being destroyed while the film was made), in secret under the pretext that he was making a "musical travelogue". It's a very interesting look at actual life in late-1950s urban South Africa, when the passbook laws were still in place. Miriam Makeba has a brief cameo and sings 2 songs. It's an interesting companion piece to the series Have You Heard From Johannesburg? that's been airing on PBS this month.
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#3723 Lauren

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

During Seattle's "Snowmageddon" a couple of weeks ago, SeaGal and I went on a movie watching marathon.

30 Minutes or Less Kind of funny by the people who did Zombieland.
Tuck and Dale vs. Evil Hilarious, slapstick comedy about mistaken identity. Alan Tudyk is fantastic as always.
Super 8 I liked this better than I thought I would. Very sweet monster movie.
Crazy, Stupid, Love I liked it so much, I watched it again.
The Trip Great movie. There are a couple of scenes in there that have really stuck with me. The cinematography was great and the restaurant scenes were interesting.
Bitter Feast We tried to get through it but it was such a poorly done movie that we stopped after the first hour.

Last weekend Paul and I rented Midnight in Paris. It was good but not what I consider Best Picture material. Owen Wilson makes a good stand in for Woody Allen.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

Red Riding Hood - a neat, beautifully filmed werewolf tale, directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Stars Amanda Seyfried's eyes, Gary Oldman, & a couple of young hunks. Also, Julie Christie as The Grandmother; how the years have passed. Surprisingly engaging, & the movie looks great. We've done worse.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

J Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio is very,very good. He really disappears inside the character. Armie Hammer is good as well. But it's not a very good movie. Too talky, and I didn't like the photography all that much. Kind of boring is how I'd sum it up.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:26 PM

"The Human Stain" is a weird ol' movie, isn't it? And Nicole Kidman is truly terrible in it. Miscast?

#3727 StephanieL

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:56 PM

The Bitter Tea of General Yen, a pre-code, early Frank Capra film with Barbara Stanwyck as a missionary to China who becomes attracted to a Chinese general after he saves her from a mob. While in the grand Hollywood tradition, the lead is played by a Caucasian (a Dane raised in Sweden in this case), and the missionaries at the beginning spout some awful racist dialogue, it actually entertains the idea of an interracial relationship. The general is well-spoken and well-educated, and while cruel in war respects his native culture and traditions. The cinematography is very lush, giving the production a very "exotic" flavor.

Fassbender was a big fan, and the title of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant came from this movie.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:51 AM

Like Crazy I can't believe I sat through the whole thing only to confirm that I'm really glad not to be young and emotionally retarded still.

#3729 Lauren

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:59 PM

Young Adult I'm surprised at how much I liked this. Charleze Theron did a great job. Evidently some people thought it was a comedy (perhaps the fact that Patton Oswald is in it promoted that theory) but it is quite dark.

Wanderlust Very fun Paul Rudd comedy. If nothing else, watch it for the scene with the nudist winemakers.
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#3730 StephanieL

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:51 PM

We Were Here, a history of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco as told by 5 people (4 men and 1 woman) who lived through those days. Moving but very, very sad.
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:57 PM

We Were Here, a history of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco as told by 5 people (4 men and 1 woman) who lived through those days. Moving but very, very sad.

I thought that was terrific and yes, heartbreaking.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:47 AM

I'm very behind on my movies. In the past week we've watched Bridesmaids and The Muppet Movie. Bridesmaids very funny. Enjoyed it enormously. Muppet Movie, on the other hand, I wanted to like more. I adored the muppets in my youth and this fell a bit short.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:55 PM

Rampart
I wouldn't say everyone is in this, but the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Ned Beatty, Audra McDonald, Robin Wright and Ice Cube. It's a dark film (James Ellroy is one of the writers) and parts are subject to very low lighting. Harrelson is good, but there is no real resolution. Which I guess is the idea.

The Diary Of A Mad Black Woman
I had never seen a Tyler Perry film before so I suppose it was time. The man has apparently become a billionaire cranking out films such as this and has his own studio in Atlanta. Basically, logic is out the window and it's all drama all the time. OK, there's a few cheap laughs too. Aside from writing and directing, Perry plays 3 roles in this epic.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:05 PM

21 Jump Street They showed all the funny parts in the trailers. I hate it when they do that.
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#3735 StephanieL

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:36 AM

Clearing the DVR queue:

Stormy Weather: one of the pioneering all-black Hollywood musicals, with a terrific cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller (right before he died), Katherine Dunham and her dancers, etc. The plot is thin, but who needs a plot when you have great singing and dancing?

Reality Bites: I finally got around to seeing this "Generation X" movie, interesting considering that when it came out I was pretty much the same age as the characters. Kind of predictable, but I'm glad they didn't make Ben Stiller's character to be a total heel. Winona Ryder looked so good--whatever happened to her, anyway? She was quite the "it girl" from the late '80s to the mid-'90s.
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