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01-09-2013, 01:33 PM
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Fair enough. And I agree that the quality of acting was high in both films.

I do think that Animal Kingdom from Australia is right down your alley, a variation of the story told in Sweet Sixteen. I thought it was among the best movies of 2010. Here, with one exception, are some British films that you might consider as well:

Ken Loach
Poor Cow
Kes
Ladybird, Ladybird


Mike Leigh
Naked
Secrets and Lies
Vera Drake


'60s
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
This Sporting Life
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Billy Liar


More recent
Nil by Mouth (directed by Gary Oldman)
Tyrannosaur
The Damned United (a different tack than the others)
Wendy and Lucy (US, not UK, but similar territory from a slightly different angle and with a slightly different touch)

With the exception of Tyrannosaur and Nil by Mouth, all of these films I liked to some degree. So we would have some common ground on most of these anyway.
I definitely plan to check out Animal Kingdom and a few more on this list when time allows.

When you get some time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on some old classics:

Rope (1948) and Blackboard Jungle (1955).

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01-09-2013, 01:56 PM
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I definitely plan to check out Animal Kingdom and a few more on this list when time allows.

When you get some time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on some old classics:

Rope (1948) and Blackboard Jungle (1955).
Haven't seen those in ages. I'll put them on my list.

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01-09-2013, 02:26 PM
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La Strada: 9/10
Who knows why it takes me so long to watch certain movies. I've owned this forever, finally got to it last night. What a great, sad, tragic, funny movie this is. In the all-time pantheon of "they were made for that role", Giulietta Masina takes top spot. The expressiveness of her face and the way she portrays naive happiness and heartbreaking sadness - incredible. I'll have to scope out Nights of Cabiria next.
One thing that did disappoint me with the movie was the dubbing. Even if standards back then aren't as they are now, it was still pretty poor. I can forgive having Anthony Quinn speak his lines in English and dubbing them in Italian (though I don't love it) but little things like the trumpet sounds not even synching up with the movement of Gelsomina's lips - that kind of bugs me. I kind of wonder why so little attention was paid to these minor details that would have been easy to fix. Oh well.
This is among one of my all time favorites. It's a bit of a sentimental choice in that it's one of the formative foreign films I was introduced to in college (Rules of the Game is another that had a huge impact on me at that time).

Been meaning to revisit La Strada for some time. Suddenly feel more motivated to do so.

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01-09-2013, 02:57 PM
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This is among one of my all time favorites. It's a bit of a sentimental choice in that it's one of the formative foreign films I was introduced to in college (Rules of the Game is another that had a huge impact on me at that time).

Been meaning to revisit La Strada for some time. Suddenly feel more motivated to do so.
To quote from Hototogisu's review "What a great, sad, tragic, funny movie this is." I need to see La Strada again, too.

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01-09-2013, 03:54 PM
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The Hobbit 8/10. Starts off a little slow but that is to be expected.

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01-09-2013, 11:47 PM
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Seven Psychopaths 1.5/5
It was fun on some level. For a little while I actually really liked the way it was drunken, retarded, and scattershot. But that didn't last long for me.

Zero Dark Thirty 3 or 3.5/5
I liked this alot more than Hurt Locker. (seeing Andy from Parks and Rec in it was pretty weird)


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01-10-2013, 10:02 PM
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Duck Soup - 8/10

I rather enjoyed this film! It was the first Marx Bros film ive actually watched.. id seen bits and pieces of their other work and I enjoyed that as well. The comedy in it got "annoying" at points as it just seemed like joke after joke, and for me it took away from the film. I actually only found myself laughing at the scenes WITHOUT Groucho in them. The stuff with the lemonade seller was my favorite, although the scene towards the end with the "mirroring" was brilliant. Harpo was by far my favorite of the brothers.

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01-10-2013, 10:08 PM
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Dredd - 7.5/10

Way better than I expected it to be. I thought it was gonna be on the same level as the Total Recall remake but I was way off. It was better than that and way the **** better than Judge Dredd with Stallone.

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01-10-2013, 10:16 PM
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An excellent film which took me by surprise. Note all the talented Aussie actors who've been given a much deserved career boost as a result of this film (or immediately following it):

-Joel Edgarton went on to star in Warrior, featured in Zero Dark Thirty, and will later be seen in The Great Gatsby

-Ben Mendelsohn has already appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly. He'll also be featured in The Place Beyond the Pines.

-Jacki Weaver was just seen in Silver Linings Playbook. Next up for her is Stoker.

Not too shabby for a low-budget Australian flick.
I'm not sure if it's Mendelsohn himself or if he had such a memorable performance in Animal Kingdom, but every other movie I see him in, I immediately dislike him. Guy is just unredeemable in Animal Kingdom.

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01-10-2013, 10:22 PM
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Gangster Squad

Really great movie. An out of control, and power hungry gangster is trying to take over LA and the whole west coast. He's bought police, politicians and seemingly everyone else. A hard-line cop gets recruited to build a team and take him down.

The movie comes together well, and it never slows down. I was entertained throughout, though it comes together a little too quickly, and nicely near the end. Still enjoyable regardless.

7.9/10

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01-11-2013, 01:21 AM
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Killing Them Softly - 3/5

2012:
1. Amour - 4.5
2. This is Not a Film - 4.5
3. A Simple Life - 4.5
4. Oslo, August 31 - 4
5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 4
6. Zero Dark Thirty - 3 or 3.5
7. Killing Them Softly - 3
8. Life of Pi - 3
9. Gandu - 2.5
10. Norwegian Wood - 2.5


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Ganster Squad (2013), directed by Ruben Fleischer: Stolid Josh Brolin and laconic Ryan Gosling play LAPD cops assigned to run Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) out of town by whatever means necessary. A good cast that includes Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Giovanni Ribisi just mail in their performances here because there are no characters in the movie to work with, just types. The script doesn't exactly start out all that well to begin with, something seems wrong with the pacing from the get-go, but then it just gets worse and worse and worse. By the end it is hilariously bad. The movie disastrously tries to straddle the fence but ends up too straight to be a cartoon, but too cartoonish to be taken seriously. It makes LA Confidential look like Citizen Kane, and I take back (at least, for a few hours) every bad thing I ever said about Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. The year is not even two weeks old, and I have seen my first potential Razzie nominee for 2013.

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01-11-2013, 07:50 PM
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Something tells me I'm gonna agree with stingo more than kihei on this one, but I'll wait for DVD.

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Something tells me I'm gonna agree with stingo more than kihei on this one, but I'll wait for DVD.
I look forward to the results on this one.

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01-11-2013, 08:29 PM
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Goon - 8.5/10

much funnier then I had expected... well made movie!

This is 40 - 9/10

Hilarious...

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01-11-2013, 08:49 PM
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Zero Dark Thirty: 9/10

I wasn't sure what to expect as I wasn't a big fan of The Hurt Locker, but ZDT blew me away. The directing, writing and acting were all top notch. Bigelow manages to maintain the intensity throughout the whole movie, without any needless action sequences. I was already surprised that Bigelow wasn't nominated before seeing it and I was shocked after having watched it.

The Master had been my favorite of the year for a while now, but I would say that ZDT has definitely passed it.

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Something tells me I'm gonna agree with stingo more than kihei on this one, but I'll wait for DVD.
Agreed. I mean who the hell has anything bad to say about The Untouchables? That **** is classic.

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01-11-2013, 09:57 PM
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Agreed. I mean who the hell has anything bad to say about The Untouchables? That **** is classic.
Plenty of people, myself included.

As for Gangster Squad, I started having doubts as soon as I saw who was directing. I liked Zombieland, but I never saw Fleischer as someone who could do this type of movie well. I'll definitely still watch it mostly because I'm a fan of Gosling, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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The Invisible War (2012), directed by Kirby Dick: This recent Academy Award nominee is a documentary about the epidemic (the right word) of **** in the US military. It focuses on the lives of several women and a few men who have been ***** while serving their country. They are the tip of the iceberg, a few among thousands of victims. Almost without exception, they have been ignored, or worse, made to feel as though they had done something wrong. The doc is filled with incredible statistics, all from the US military itself. Several of the victims filed a joint lawsuit attempting to seek justice, but it is was dismissed because the court found that "**** was an occupational hazard in the US military." Victims are told by their commanders to go talk to their congressmen. Imagine if civilian **** victims were told to do the same thing. There would be widespread outrage. This is a very powerful documentary that bears witness to an intolerable wrong, one that shames the military services of the United States. I can only hope that Canada's military has saner protocols for dealing with ****.

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I agree that The Invisible War bears witness to an unspeakable wrong, and I appreciate the fact that it exists so more people can know about this horrible thing. It feels weird to say this, since it seems so beyond criticism given the subject matter, but I didn't "love" the film. I don't think is should be ignored, given the subject, but I felt the filmmaking itself verged on amateurish at times.

It is the most important subject of a documentary this year, but if I made a complete listing of the 2012 films I've seen from favorite to least favorite, The Invisible War would be behind films like The Queen of Versailles, Searching for Sugar Man, and The American Scream.

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Shadow of a Doubt 8/10



Rope 7.5/10



Rear Window 10/10




The Birds 10/10


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The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and 2 - 2 or 2.5/5
Thought it was better than the Nolan movies (better than Rises by alot). Makes me want to read the comic again.


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Silver Linings Playbook - 9/10
Favorite movie of 2012 for me of the ones I've seen. Bradley Cooper deserves an Oscar for his performance.

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Dodgeball , actually thought it was hilarious lol

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