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A little while back, I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo from Netflix. I wish now I hadn't. Yes, it was rated R, but there's R, and then there's RRRRRRRRRR (tantamount to an X). But the thing that put me off most about it was that the scenes I really wish I could "unsee" now had no reason to be in the movie. They were there for characterization, but that could have been done without such graphic sexual violence. So, even though one of the main themes of the movie is how despicable violence against women is, because these scenes are so unnecessary and graphic, it's like the watcher of the movie becomes a willing participant in the very thing the movie is supposed to be against. I remember when The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, it was banned in a Nordic country for being too violent. If that's the case, then this movie should never be shown in that country. This movie was far more violent.

The mystery was good enough, but the movie was 2 1/2 hours long. If they'd cut out the first half-hour, it would have been much better.
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Okay, I thought I'd give The Holiday a chance because of a couple of funny bits in the trailer. The thing is, the best parts of the movie (Eli Wallach and Dustin Hoffman) weren't even in the trailer, and they were the only good parts. And I know the other actors are better than this. I don't know if it was the direction or the script, but man, when I get half an hour into the movie, and it's just talk, talk, talk, and I hit the fast forward button, that's not a good sign. This had everything bad about a "chick flick."

Contrast that to Ghostown, that actually had a good script, good actors, and good direction, and was actually a funny romantic comedy! (Imagine that!)

In short: Ghostown, yes; The Holiday, no. (Unless you just want to see Eli Wallach prove that a good actor can overcome even bad writing and see Dustin Hoffman's brief cameo.)
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Looking at IMDB this afternoon, I see that the Fahrenheit 451 remake has been pushed back to 2010. I consider the Francois Truffaut 1966 original film to be a classic. If you're going to make another version, it had better be good.

I clicked on the trivia link, and I see this:

"Mel Gibson was planning to direct this remake, with Tom Cruise in the lead role, but schedules did not allow it."

The following exchange was prompted in AIM.

Lythandra (2:51:42 PM): Yeah, let's remake a Francois Truffaut movie and have it be directed by Mel Gibson and starring Tom Cruise.

Bend down here so I can set your hair on fire.

gneech (2:51:58 PM): I wonder what temperate hair burns at...
L (2:52:06 PM): Laughing emoticon
g (2:52:19 PM): "Fahrenheit 12."
L (2:52:26 PM): You made my ROFL
g (2:52:42 PM): If there was an aisle, you'd be rolling in it?
L (2:52:53 PM): Yes


Aug. 12th, 2007 04:12 pm
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Just got back from seeing Stardust with [ profile] the_gneech and [ profile] jamesbarrett. It's quite different from the book, but both the book and the movie are very good, I'm happy to report! Alas, this movie is destined to become a cult favorite and make most of its money in the international market on DVD. Not that that's a bad thing, but it won't make Hollywood sit up and take notice. As with Princess Bride, they didn't know how to sell it, so the most effective marketing campaign has been word of mouth with Neil Gaiman fans. It came in 4th with $9M after Rush Hour 3, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Simpsons Movie. Well, at least it did better than Daddy Day Camp. If it matters to anyone, it's got 73% on

If you want a fun, adventurous, fantastic tale (but not high fantasy), go see it.
laurierobey: (Dancing Cat)
I don't know what the people who gave PotC:DMC negative reviews are smoking. One negative review said it was all action, no plot. "What do you mean?! There was tons of plot! That's why I loved it!"

In short, you have to have seen the first movie, and you'll need to see the next to resolve the storylines, but if you loved the first move, go see the second. It's a great ride!
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Okay, after looking at all the movie trailers on, the only interesting ones that I didn't already know about are Monster House, A Scanner Darkly (based on the Philip K. Dick story), and The Fountain. The rest were all one big lump of been there, seen it. As [ profile] the_gneech said, "If I'm uplifted one more time I'm going to heave."

You know, being cutting edge and quirky can become a formula just as quickly as the most cookie cutter cop-buddy, romcom, teenager on the edge of adulthood, thriller, fill in the blank genre movie.
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On Thursday, March 30, Turner Classic Movies is featuring 5 films with Bernard Herrmann scores. They're showing:

  • Fahrenheit 451 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Jason and the Argonauts at 10:00 p.m.

  • The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad at midnight (Friday, March 31 technically)

  • Cape Fear (1962) at 1:30 a.m.

  • The Naked and the Dead at 3:30 a.m.

I'm surprised they aren't showing any of the films he scored for Hitchcock. Those were some of his best, but these are good too!

Bad movie

Oct. 5th, 2005 10:03 pm
laurierobey: (NW--Nuts!)
The more I find out about how the movie "industry" actually works, the more convinced I am that I did the right thing in not taking my film degree and moving to L.A. to try to make it into the "big time."

Cut because it's too long )

Sounds Alone in the Dark would be a great candidate for MST if that was still on the air.


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