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Stennick 01-11-2010 02:56 AM

The Official Movie Discussion Thread
 
Really I figured I'd make this thread since my wife's been on vacation after the holidays and we've doing two things lately. One of which is watching a few movies a night. Rather than make a bunch of threads for movies that I'm sure plenty have already seen I figured I'd just make a catch all thread we can all talk about the movies we've been watching lately.

Funny People - I saw it and it really wasn't that funny. It was ok but with Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler and others I figured this would be a home run knock out of the park hilarious. Instead it had its funny moments but really its supposed to be a drama and the story backdrop just isn't very likeable. Sandler's character isn't evil but he's certainly not likeable. Rogen's character comes off as kind of a loser himself. Jason Schwartz plays a somewhat minor role along with Jonah Hill but it doesn't matter since I didn't care for their characters as well. They got some funny jokes in there. The Die Hard jokes with the Doctor are funny and the stand up jokes they do are generally funny but nowhere near entertaining enough to be a drama and not funny enough to be a comedy.

Zack and Miri - Another Rogen movie only this is Apatow's guys with a Kevin Smith script. The concept isn't bad, its made very obvious from the start that their broke and really with the title being what the title is its not a shocker when they decide to do what they do. Before the movie hits its peak its a pretty good movie. Plenty of jokes, likes of funny inuendo, then it hits its climax for lack of a better term and its all downhill from there. Its not funny hardly at all anymore and then the movie just races to an end without really exploring the second half of the movie or even pausing to make funny situational jokes about it. The black guy thats in Pineapple Express and Rogen are the funniest parts of this movie. Mewes is usually good for a laugh but instead of using him to play his sophmoric, childish, catchphrase riddled chracter they got him being a dimwitted guy with certain enhancements that make him vital to their objective. Although I appreciate the character Mewes was pretty uninteresting in the part. So two Seth Rogen movies and neither really did it for me.

The Hangover - This movie was awesome. It took a basic concept of four guys out partying and the funny situations that come along with four guys partying in Vegas for a bachelor party and completely turned it on its ear and then turned the oulandish dial up to ten. I personally loved this movie and thought it was one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. Its weird how in all these movies I'm seeing the same guys. I saw Seth Rogen in two movies. I saw Jason Schwartz in a movie and then I see his co star in "Bored to Death" a funny HBO half hour sitcom in this movie. I don't know his name off the top of my head but the guy was money and completely made this movie.

I saw Year One and although I wasn't expecting much I pretty much got what or maybe even a bit less of what I was expecting. I guess the science geek in me hated that these guys were cavemen and yet they were just rolling all through history at a pretty alarming rate. Placing Kane and Able at the same time as Sodom and Gomorrah. Aside from that it had its funny bit parts but towards the end the bits slowed and so did any interest I had in the movie.

Angels and Demons I saw, I still have never seen Da Vinci Code. The book got so much hype that I didn't possibly think it could live up to the hype and praise heaped on it. Although from what I understand I do like the overall concept of the book. Therefore I figured I wouldn't see the movie. I saw this movie and it was enjoyable. It was basically National Treasure without the cool CGI effects and Vatican History rather than American History. The only thing I don't like about it is that the main character uncovers clues and like in National Treasure explains why and how he got here and a bit of the backstory behind it. National Treasure does this pretty well even if it is a downfall of movies that have to take time out to explain to the audience what their doing. That said this main character does it rapidly and doesn't really explain anything about these people and what it is their uncovering. Now of course I know most of the people but with all the ancient art in that country I wasn't familiar with most of it in the movie and got a feeling of being out of place and lost as they raced around the Vatican. That being said it was fun and enjoyable although I never got attached to any of the characters but still managed to enjoy a bit of a twist at the end.

Anyway feel free to talk about whatever movies the rest of ya are seeing these days I'm in full on movie mode so something might catch my eye that I need to go out and see or someone else's eye for that matter.

BHK1978 01-11-2010 03:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Stennick (Post 785069)
I saw Year One and although I wasn't expecting much I pretty much got what or maybe even a bit less of what I was expecting. I guess the science geek in me hated that these guys were cavemen and yet they were just rolling all through history at a pretty alarming rate. Placing Kane and Able at the same time as Sodom and Gomorrah. Aside from that it had its funny bit parts but towards the end the bits slowed and so did any interest I had in the movie.

You sound like this Astronomy professor that I had in college. This guy could not watch any kind of space movie (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.) due to the fact that they had noise in space. Because as we all know there is no noise in space.

Did anybody see Daybreakers yet? I don't want spoilers, I just want to know if it is worth the money, as I will probably go see it tomorrow.

BHK1978 01-12-2010 03:18 AM

Well to answer my own question, I thought Daybreakers was good not great but not a waste of money. For a vampire flick it had a lot of action scenes in it (stuff blowing up) so that was different, I am used to the Christopher Lee vampire movies that had a more gothic flare to them.

dvdWarrior 01-12-2010 03:29 AM

Sadly, I haven't seen a film in the theaters in ages. Daybreakers looks interesting, might have to check that one out.

I love the new Star Trek film though. I love that the made the Enterprise look absolutely enormous, and I love how they made all the phasers and warp travel and everything feel... real, (to me at least). Only two things I really had any sort of issue with, and both of those would be spoilers, so I'll hold off on posting them here. Overall, gave that a 9/10 over at IMDB - I feel it's a solid 8 at the very least, (I gave it the extra point since I'm a Trekkie, :o), and I tend to be pretty harsh in my ratings. I very rarely give a movie a 10.

Right now, I'm looking forward to seeing The Road. If it's as good as the book, then it can't go wrong. Wouldn't mind seeing The Book Of Eli either.

Tha Black Phenom 01-12-2010 03:35 AM

The Hangover, oh what a classic. I've seen it thrice and was entertained every single time. The high-spot moments just kept rolling one after the other, keeping the entertainment alive.

About to go see Avatar tomorrow, if only for the visual experience which has been said to be magnificent. Due to hearing all the negative backlash on the story, I guess I'll go in there with low expectations plot-wise...

dvdWarrior 01-12-2010 05:40 AM

Avatar! How could I have forgotten about that one? I'm very much looking forward to seeing Avatar as well. And yes, The Hangover is high up on my list also. Haven't gotten around to seein git yet, but I plan to.

sabataged 01-12-2010 06:32 AM

another "official" thread...nicely done

BurningHamster 01-12-2010 06:37 AM

Glad this thread is going, allow me to ramble like the film student who spends too much time watching movies that I am.

Echoing the love for The Hangover. That was my favourite movie of 2009, I am scared to go back and watch it again though as I fear it might not hold up on second viewing.

Avatar - Overrated and not really my thing but okay for what it is. Special effects were cool but I am pretty over CGI so meh. Story was alright but super heavy handed, all the comparisons to it being Dances with Wolves in space seem fair. 3D sucks and there are still some definite issues with focus. You can't really do things like pull focus in 3D without it looking like rubbish to me.

JCVD - I caught this on DVD (think it's 2008ish) and it was pretty good and definately an interesting film. It's pretty much a movie about Jean Claude Van Damme (who literally plays himself) who is back home in Belgium and gets taken hostage in part of a botched robbery. There is far less action than most Van Damme movies but there is a lot more emotion and drama. Van Damme is actually not a bad dramatic actor and this film has in a way been compared to The Wrestler and the similarities between Randy the Ram and Mickey Rourke. It's subtitled though so I think that puts people who can't read off a bit.

One thing I've been wondering lately is what happened to action movies in the last decade or so? There really isn't a Stallone or a Schwarzenegger of this generation. I mean, guys like The Rock or Vin Diesel were in a few action movies but I don't think any have really captured the same level of straight up action badassery as seen in previous decades. Also, fantasy films have been pretty huge the last decade. Someone was telling me the top grossing movies of the last ten years and almost all of them were fantasy related like the Harry Potter, LOTR, even Pirates of the Caribbean seems like a similar ilk to me. Avatar is similar, it's a big budget, CGI heavy sci fi fantasy film.

Stennick 01-12-2010 07:08 AM

I watched Extract tonight. For those that don't know it seems like a b movie with Jason Bateman, Ben Afflek (somewhat limited role), the girl from that seventies show Mila whatever her name is. It sounded funny, instead it was just weird.

Tyler Gadzinski 01-12-2010 08:40 AM

I watched Alvin & the Chipmunks the day before Christmas.. it was pretty good.. pretty funny.. kind of disappointed that Jason Lee isn't in it as much but still pretty good.

I also saw The Lovely Bones.. it was really good. Definately worth the money.

Stennick 01-12-2010 09:09 AM

Jason Lee needs to be in everything. I'm a huge fan of My Name is Earl it still sucks that show got cancelled. I thought it was original, it was constantly funny. Kinda surprised he's not in it more its not like he's doing much of anything else. I need to head over to IMDB and see whats he's up to.

400 ml 01-12-2010 09:30 AM

Jason Lee was decent in My Name is Earl, but Chipmunks movie was just not for him.

The last movie I've seen was Defiance starring Daniel Craig and Liev something (forgot his surname). Awesome movie! Loved the plot and the character's portrayals.

Bigpapa42 01-12-2010 10:08 AM

Avatar - saw it twice, though mostly because of my big mouth. I thought it was visually stunning. But that's clearly what its all about. The story is something that's been done before and its predictable. The acting is nothing special and the dialogue is pretty meh. But the visuals... it was the first time watcing a film that I've been able to competely forget that part of what I'm seeing is CGI.

Sherlock Holmes - fun and entertaining. Some good chemistry between Robert Downey and Jude Law. The Rachel McAdams character seemed a bit throwaway, but it didn't detract much.

Comradebot 01-12-2010 10:12 AM

Hey Stennick, we should discuss that TEW 2005 mod movie.

Except that it's not a movie.

But we still need to discuss it :p

The Masked Orange 01-12-2010 11:14 AM

The Last King Of Scotland: Watch it, don't care what your excuses are, watch it. Amazing movie, got the whole charismatic-yet-insane African dictator thing down to perfection. The main character is very likeable. I spent half the time grinning and the other half in horror. Best movie of the decade so far for me.


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