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« on: January 26, 2009, 09:48:33 PM »

It seems like there used to be a thread like this... I don't know what happened to it.  Maybe I imagined it.

Anyway, the idea is the same as the "Recent Viewings" thread, except for movies that are currently in theaters.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to try to see more movies in theaters this year.   Smile

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 09:57:46 PM »

My Bloody Valentine 3-D: pretty standard slasher stuff that has little to do with the original beyond character names, a mine, the killer's duds, hearts in candy boxes, and a couple of nods to scenes from the original. The real selling point? 3-D. It cost an extra $4 per ticket at the theater we went to, but sweet sassy molassey does it make all the difference! Every movie needs to be in 3-D from now on. It'd really help convince people not to wait for the DVD or download the movies online instead.  TeddyR
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 10:00:11 PM »

My last viewing was The Dark Knight.  I was excited going in, excited going out and horribly let down when I watched it on DVD a few months back.   Bluesad
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 07:16:43 AM »

My most recent theatrical viewings were:

* BOLT (3-D)

* THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

* GRAN TORINO

I enjoyed all of them (unusual to see 3 good ones in a row!)

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009, 06:14:25 PM »

My last viewing was The Dark Knight.  I was excited going in, excited going out and horribly let down when I watched it on DVD a few months back.   Bluesad

That's interesting... my last viewing prior to my New Year's Resolution was THE DARK KNIGHT. 

I've had the experience several times of watching something in the theater and being entranced, then later watching it at home and realizing it wasn't that good.  I guess we're more willing to suspend disbelief in a darkened theater, and quickly forget the stuff that doesn't make sense instead of rewinding it and watching it again. 

That's one of the reasons I want to see more films at theaters.  It's easier to enjoy them, and I'm not as critical when I appraoch them.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2009, 06:18:35 PM »

Why not have one "What was the last movie you watched?" thread, instead of tons of smaller ones like this?

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009, 07:40:41 PM »

Why not have one "What was the last movie you watched?" thread, instead of tons of smaller ones like this?

-Jimmybob

I'm not sure 2 threads is "tons".  Smile

My thought was that people might be interested in a discussion of what's currently playing in theaters. We can all rent stuff that's on DVD anytime we want, but if we want to go out to the movies we all have pretty much the same limited choices.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009, 08:10:59 PM »

Yes Man- Jim Carrey stars as a guy who's wife breaks up with him because he doesn't 'live enough' by saying no to everything.  He's a lonely guy who doesn't date or take promotions, or even hang out with friends.  But attending a seminar changes that, as he begins to saying "Yes" to everything.  Pretty funny flick, with some funny scenes like a homeless man asking for a ride to his home in the bushes at the park, then wearing out a cell phone battery 'because for a homeless guy he's pretty popular.'
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 11:33:46 AM »

My last viewing was The Dark Knight.  I was excited going in, excited going out and horribly let down when I watched it on DVD a few months back.   Bluesad

That's interesting... my last viewing prior to my New Year's Resolution was THE DARK KNIGHT. 

I've had the experience several times of watching something in the theater and being entranced, then later watching it at home and realizing it wasn't that good.  I guess we're more willing to suspend disbelief in a darkened theater, and quickly forget the stuff that doesn't make sense instead of rewinding it and watching it again. 

That's one of the reasons I want to see more films at theaters.  It's easier to enjoy them, and I'm not as critical when I appraoch them.

Same here. On both counts.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 09:26:29 AM »

Actually, I forgot to mention THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.  I guess it's so forgettable that I forgot it!
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2009, 09:31:19 AM »

I'm hoping to see The Wrestler finally at some point this week. So my last visit to the theatre was to see The Dark Knight, which I thought was awesome. I also thought it was awesome when I watched it again on DVD.

Before TDK, I had to sit through Sweeney Todd and Sex & The City, both of which nearly killed me... Bluesad
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2009, 12:57:32 PM »


 Sex & The City

You deseve a medal, mate.

I really want to see the new Trek film. TeddyR
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 04:48:52 PM »

AUSTRALIA:  Nicole Kidman plays an aristocratic English woman who travels to Australia to run her husband's cattle ranch on the eve of WWII, and encounters an abandoned half-aboriginal boy and a rough but honorable cattle drover (Hugh Jackman).  The plot's a little predictable, but the fact that this is an unapologetic throwback to classic Hollywood epic filmmaking in the style of THE AFRICAN QUEEN, with solid morals, adventure, romance, humor, and breathtaking cinematography, makes this a welcome change of pace in a cynical era.  I think it will play much better on the big screen than the small screen.  Not sure why it was snubbed by the Oscars; maybe it was just too shameless in positioning itself as an Oscar-style movie, or maybe someone forgot to blow someone.  4/5.
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 07:41:27 PM »

I ended up seeing Taken last Friday, and then again on Saturday, with two different groups of people.  I must say I quite enjoyed it both times.  I will note that it's pretty obvious at times that it was cut to get PG-13 though. 

While I enjoyed Pierre Morrel's first film, Banlieue 13 (AKA District 13), Taken is a much more mature film, with significantly better character development, a much better plot, and better acting.  Liam Neeson is excellent in the film, and carries it.  The film would have worked with a lesser actor, but it would not have worked nearly as well. 

I also must say, after the opening 20 minutes, this is one of the most consistently fast paced and very entertaining films I've ever seen.  It's a cliche to say, but this is one of the rare cases of a film that truly doesn't stop once it really gets going. 

Overall, an 8/10.  One comment I wanted to make as well: while it doesn't bother me, I have to agree with what someone pointed out to me about Liam Neeson.  His American accent is never really believable.  But he's so good, it doesn't actually matter much.
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2009, 12:45:48 PM »

I agree about Taken. I thought it was a lot of fun and there were some unexpected moments that the audience reacted to strongly. When you get a good action movie with good actors, Wow, it really makes a difference.

Doing a 180, I also saw Hotel for Dogs. It's a pretty good kid's movie. The kids I took liked it and laughed, especially at the dogs' antics. I'm not usually a fan of animals that act unless they're terrorizing the human population of a small isolated town or island, but the animals in this movie didn't wear out their welcome. The cuteness wasn't overdone. The writers also wrote Sky High and created Kim Possible, which I think are above average kid fare.
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