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  • babypook
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    Please continue….

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    BrokenFan
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    I took detours. Sorry Pook! I’m saving Ikiru for last to really enjoy because I have a small pile of films to get through. 

    I’ll keep them short:

    Volver – Marvelous little movie, with so much comic energy that complemented, instead of contrasting or making light of the heavy issues that the film dealt with. Penelope Cruz deserved that spot in 2006 (the whole line-up was wonderful) and the rest of the cast was amazing. One of the more unique films I’ve seen and I’m eager to check out Almodovar’s other films. 

    Poetry – Subtle, provoking, with a marvelous performance from Ms. Yoon. The irony between the ravishes of old age with the desire to imprint one’s soul in the form of poetry is so heartbreaking. A little long and some of the ponderous moments can be cut but great film nonetheless. 

    Erin Broccolisandwich – I thought it was a good movie. Julia Roberts wasn’t my pick for the Oscar but I can see why she won. She had such an infectious energy whether she’s playing comic, dramatic, or anything in between. It was a bold and fun performance, and I always enjoy Steven Soderberg’s films, but I didn’t feel like I was watching Erin Brockovich; like it was a great impression but she didn’t inhabit the role. I saw Julia Roberts the whole time. 

     

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    jf123
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    I was with my elementary school aged nephews today so:

    The Lego Movie-Suprisingly good. Cast was great. I hope it wins Animated Feature at the Oscars

    RV-I tried to get my nephews to watch a Robin Williams film to show them how funny he was. So I chose this one because it was the only one they had that was age-appropriate. The film could have been really good. But it just got so cheesy with it’s message. But Robin Williams, Kristen Chenowith, and Jeff Daniels were great.

    Muppets Most Wanted-Even though it is not as good as the first one, the film has WAY better music numbers than The Muppets. But the best part of this film had to be Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey (suprisingly good singers) 

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    K-Hole
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    Mouchette, a film by Robert Bresson
    It’s been a very long time–too long–since I watched one of Bresson’s films. This is one of those classic films that makes you remember what you first loved about world cinema. A bleak and heartbreaking masterpiece about the cruelties inflicted upon the impoverished and vulnerable, there isn’t a false or dishonest moment in the entire movie. Also features a stunning performance by non-professional actor Nadine Nortier as Mouchette. (1967) 

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    babypook
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    I took detours. Sorry Pook! I’m saving Ikiru for last to really enjoy because I have a small pile of films to get through. 

    I’ll keep them short:

    Volver – Marvelous little movie, with so much comic energy that complemented, instead of contrasting or making light of the heavy issues that the film dealt with. Penelope Cruz deserved that spot in 2006 (the whole line-up was wonderful) and the rest of the cast was amazing. One of the more unique films I’ve seen and I’m eager to check out Almodovar’s other films. 

    Poetry – Subtle, provoking, with a marvelous performance from Ms. Yoon. The irony between the ravishes of old age with the desire to imprint one’s soul in the form of poetry is so heartbreaking. A little long and some of the ponderous moments can be cut but great film nonetheless. 

    Erin Broccolisandwich – I thought it was a good movie. Julia Roberts wasn’t my pick for the Oscar but I can see why she won. She had such an infectious energy whether she’s playing comic, dramatic, or anything in between. It was a bold and fun performance, and I always enjoy Steven Soderberg’s films, but I didn’t feel like I was watching Erin Brockovich; like it was a great impression but she didn’t inhabit the role. I saw Julia Roberts the whole time. 

     

    That’s my favorite perf from Cruz.  Great and nuanced work from her.

    I far preferred Poetry to a recent FLF winner of a similar vein. Jeong-hi Yeong gives one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.

    Lol. EB is one of those films that, when I’m scanning, and it’s on, I’ll leave it on. I simply feel compelled, because of Albert Finney, and Marg Helgenberger. I really like the character actor Tracey Walter as well.  Not that I dont enjoy Roberts. I give her credit for throwing herself into that role.

    Ps: (The Fly….The Fly)

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    Ditto for Albert Finney. He was pretty great. A deserved nod. 

    Yes, of course, The Fly. I’m still a searching. If I can’t find the hardware (DVD) I’ll just watch it online.  

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    THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (2011, dir. Paolo Sorrentino)

    I’m not the biggest fan of Sean Penn, but he gave a fantastic, Oscar-worthy performance here. However, Sorrentino (who just won an Oscar), had no idea what he was doing, and while the core story was really good, he brought so many unneeded plot points to the film. This could have been a great film, and a masterpiece, but Sorrentino just ruined its chances by taking too many detours to getting to the story, and concentrating on “clever” imagery than actually telling the story in a coherent manner. Not a bad film, but it is highly flawed 

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    Guardians Of The Galaxy: http://graemeoneil.com/2014/08/16/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/
     

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) : B
    Zombies of Mass Destruction: F (I can’t even begin with this one. It’s just so bad)
    The Ghostmaker: B+
    Dead Before Dawn: C+
    The Cottage: B+
              

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    The Ipcress File (1965)
    Very good spy yarn starring Michael Caine. There are elements satirizing British bureaucracy as well as elements of the sci-fi thriller–in a way, a more realistic and down-to-earth but still humorous version of James Bond movies. I especially enjoyed the superb and shadowy cinematography by the great Otto Heller, who also shot such sublime classics as The Ladykillers and Peeping Tom, and the memorable score by the extraordinarily talented John Barry. Grade: B+++

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    Pretty Woman (1990)
    It’s a formulatic romantic comedy through and through no denying that. But, here however the formula works really well mainly because I really liked Julia Roberts’s character and I really like Richard Gere’s character and it’s their chesmistry what really makes it excell and be way better than alot of other romantic comedies. I found this to be really sweet and really charming.

    Rating: B+ 

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    Sin city 2. What a disappointment

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    vinny
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    American Hustle : Rewatched it and it is still good BUT now I have an issue with Jennifer Lawrence becuase my dad said “this role would have been good for Marissa Tomei” and he is right. : B+
    Need for Speed: It is better at home viewing with pizza and nothing to do. B 

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    K-Hole
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    Leviathan (1989)
    A shameless and shoddy ripoff of Alien. The few glimpses of the grotesquely mutating monster (designed by Stan Winston) are intriguing but not enough to redeem the movie. Sadly, a real disappointment for me, as I adore the sci-fi/horror genre, at least in theory. Grade: D

    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    I think it is Wes Anderson’s best film (so far). Visually stunning, with breathtaking art, costume, production, and set design, and cinematography. A beautifully directed and delightful movie that deserves to be remembered at the Oscars. Grade: A

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    The Fault In Our Stars: http://graemeoneil.com/2014/08/28/review-the-fault-in-our-stars/
     

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