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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by CRTGAMER Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:31 pm

WINGED MIGRATION Le Peuple Migrateur

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There are documentaries that excel such as Discovery Channel's BBC Planet Earth. Then there are great movies that pull you in for the beauty such as the Jet Li movie Hero. Mix these two and you get a great French documentary by Jacques Perrin with choreographed music about the migrations of birds. This documentary is similar to the March of the Penguins but with more depth filled with a dramatic effect with music.

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It is amazing how far the birds will migrate, some flying across oceans and continents. Images span across deserts to jungles to the snowy Himalayas. Some of the close ups of the birds flying were filmed from a small "homebuilt" aircraft powered glider. This offers a unique perspective as if you are flying in formation with the birds. Tied in with haunting Bavarian music, a very dramatic effect in the perseverance of the bird's journeys and the freedom of flight. The one image of a snow goose catching the air twisting about to gain altitude, one can feel the rush of the wind.

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The film has left me inspired as in the documentary March of the Penguins, but in a more fulfilling way. The concept and wonder of flight. When I now see the ungainly Pelicans flying at the beach skimming so close to the water, I have a new child like awe and admiration in how these fragile and at the same time hardy creatures fly.

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The Special Features are also a great ride. A detail of putting together this documentary. How the music composer selected the various pieces to add the mood are well played. A great study of the right way to compose film thru music and images. Interesting how a directors and crew can be so deeply and emotionally involved, which makes a great film even better.

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Note that there is an earlier DVD release that doe not include any extras. Get the Special Edition version pictured above. It is Anamorphic and fills the HD screen beautifully. There is also a BlueRay release.

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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Bootaaay Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:54 pm

Vincere (2009) by Marco Bellocchio

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Marco Bellocchio's 'Vincere' is a dark and powerful film that follows Benito Mussolini's rise to power through the eyes of his first wife, Ida Dalser, who was seduced and then betrayed by Mussolini as he abandoned her and their son on his way to becoming Italy's dictator, ultimately disavowing any knowledge of their existence. The film starts with a stylish and operatic punch as a young Mussolini (played by Filippo Timi) veers away from socialism to form the National Fascist Party, the narrative speeding through historical events at a steady pace for the first half hour, interposed with newsreel headlines and archive footage projected on screen in a manner reminiscent of Lars Von Trier's 'Europa'.

Abruptly the film shifts focus to Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) as she is forcibly separated first from Mussolini, then from her own son and finally from the outside world as Mussolini attempts to cover up any trace of their marriage and has Dalser committed to an insane asylum. Not only does this present a shift of perspective, but it's a stark shift in the film's tone too. Gone are the stylish and grandiose themes of revolution, seduction and upheaval, replaced by a tragic and startling performance from Mezzogiorno as her character descends further into mental illness.

Filippo Timi provides a frenzied and forceful portrayal of both 'Il Duce' and the adult version of the dictator's unrequited son, but it's Giovanna Mezzogiorno's career defining performance that steals the show, showing Dalser as strong, resilient and somewhat naive in outset, harrowed, resigned and on the very brink by the film's close. Mezzogiorno's role is somewhat allegorical of the film as a whole, as like Italian society Dalser too was seduced and subsequently betrayed by the charm of the fierce and intelligent Mussolini. Ultimately with 'Vincere' Bellocchio and his lead actors present a mature and thought provoking look at one of the most clouded stories of Fascist Italy's past with an uncanny sense of style and dramatic flair and punctuated by the film's wonderful classical score. Remarkable.

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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Jrecee Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:17 am

Bootaaay wrote:Vincere (2009) by Marco Bellocchio

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That dude just makes me think of this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWF-hH1nloo
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by vash23n Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:25 am

The Devil's Backbone: This was a great film. Not a horror film (I found it in the horror section on netflix), but I guess it was definitely a thriller. The cast was great, the children actors were all amazing as was the actor who played the doctor. The story was very interesting and a pleasant surprise since I read so many reviews by people who hated the movie saying it was an exact copy of Pan's Laberynth. This movie was nothing like Pan's (the writer/director says Pan is this movie's sister film) other than an orphanage and the Spanish Civil War. This movie could have done well without the ghost aspect to it, the story could have remained unchanged for the most part without the ghosts, but I thought it was better as is. Very moving film with a great cast! Check it out!
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Gamerforlife Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:49 pm

I watched the Wrestler

It certainly lived up to the hype. Very moving performance by Mickey Rourke and as a wrestling fan I can say that the movie got a lot of things right

Oh, and Morisa Tomei topless. Thank you god
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by REPO Man Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:38 am

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Another awesome hidden gem from the 1980s.

I heard about it at The House of Self-Indulgence, just like Vicious Lips (both were distributed by Empire back in the day and now are owned by MGM).

Both it and VL are available on NetFlix to watch instantly.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by hashiriya1 Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:05 am

I watched Hurt Locker last night for the first time. That movie was severely overhyped.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by dsheinem Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:56 pm

The King’s Speech (2010) – It is easy to see why this movie is getting so much acclaim, as it truly is a remarkably acted and scripted film, even if it isn’t one I’d consider to be the best I’ve seen this year. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both excellent – it is easily the best role I’ve seen either of them in. Outside of a few nicely realized climactic moments, the rest of the direction is so-so (though the production it quite good throughout). The real star here is the story itself – one that I knew next to nothing about and one which is quite fascinating. As someone who teaches public speaking (though not to people with impediments) I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the narrative. I had a stupid grin on my face and a huge lump in my throat by the time it was over. It certainly deserves the nod from the academy, but I don’t know that it should ultimately grab top honors based on seeing a good chunk of the competition.
Grade: 4/5

Toy Story (1995) – In preparation for watching Toy Story 3, I went back to watch the first two films again for the first time in probably a decade or more. I was really, really surprised by how well everything held up in the first Toy Story – the animation, the story, the humor, the music – everything that has made Pixar a household name over the past fifteen years is already evident in this film. Not only are the characters perfectly realized, but the near-universal appeal (for Americans, anyway) of the toys that they chose to feature really makes the movie click and personalizes it in a way that few other films can accomplish. Add this all to the fact that the film was such an amazing technical feat in 1995, and you have something that truly deserves the overused moniker of “classic”. The score gets bumped a half point to a perfect five because it is now the first film that my 1.5 year old has sat through from beginning to end, and for that it deserves extra special acclaim.
Grade: 5/5

Toy Story 2 (1999) – When I think of animated sequels, I usually think of straight to video films that are studio cast-off projects. Toy Story 2is much better than any other animated sequel that comes to mind, and while it doesn’t attain the brilliance of the first Toy Storyin terms of pacing and plot, it is a strong film in its own right. I think my biggest complaint is the way that some of the characters drastically and suddenly change their mind and personality over the course of the film, in a way that sucked me out of the suspension of disbelief so well realized in the first film. The new characters are largely uninteresting and/or annoying, and some elements seem like a retread of Toy Story. On the technical front, it is certainly improved over the first film…but I always get the impression that this was a phone in effort by Pixar in terms of animation and effects (compared to the rest of their films). There are still some good gags, and the film is fun – but there’s no denying it is the weak link in an excellent trilogy.
Grade: 4/5

Toy Story 3 (2010) – Instead of finding a further decline in the Toy Story movies, Toy Story 3is a marked improvement over Toy Story 2and gets very close to eclipsing the original. Not only do the aesthetic elements click (the animation is jaw-dropping, the music is perfectly suited to each scene, and the directing shows a sophistication not found in the first two films) but the story royally rewards fans of the first two films and anyone else who has ever felt any kind of connection to their toys (during childhood or afterward). Granted, we still have a partial retread of the plot of the first two films (“We need to get back to Andy!”), but the wrinkles introduced here and the way the story is told makes it stand on its own as a compelling movie. I thought that the pacing towards the middle was a bit slow, but the first and last half hours of the film make a strong case as to why this film should be seriously considered for best picture. The film is an emotionally manipulative beast – I felt like a big ‘ol softy by the time it was over and found that I had bought into everything happening enough that for the last 15 minutes or so I was either laughing or getting a lump in my throat at the whims of the film’s creators. That’s no easy feat to accomplish on this jaded filmgoer. Highly recommended.
Grade: 4.5/5

Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)– A fun Batman animated film that I enjoyed much more than the other recent outing (Mask of the Phantasm). The story had some obvious twists and some not so obvious, the voice acting was top notch, and the animation itself was really compelling – it reminded me of the best parts of the Batman Animated Series that I enjoyed in its heyday. It certainly doesn’t rise to the level of a feature film, but this is a very solid release that’s better than what you’d typically find on TV.
Grade: 3.5/5

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Quirky animation and a lovable bizzaro plot can’t change the fact that this film just isn’t very well paced or planned out. There are some really memorable scene stealers – such as the Jello mold – but otherwise this film is forgettable beyond the premise itself. I didn’t care for much of the voice work, either. Worth a look for animation buffs and kids of all ages, but don’t expect Pixar-caliber work.
Grade: 2.5/5

Empire of the Air (1991) – An excellent Ken Burns documentary on the creation of radio. I had my students watch this for a Media class, and while I am not sure whether or not they connected with it, I personally found both the stories and Burns’ methods for telling them to be equally compelling. Your interest in this probably rests on your appreciation for Burns’ other work – it most closely resembles his Baseball, I feel. For that, it earns high marks.
Grade: 4/5
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Michi Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:37 am

Hercules Unchained....courtesy of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Boy was that movie bad :lol: Fortunately the boys of MST3000 make all bad B movies far more enjoyable.

dsheinem wrote:The King’s Speech.....Toy Story.....Toy Story 2.....Toy Story 3...



I agree with The King’s Speech. I really liked it and all, but there are other movies I've seen this year that I've enjoyed a bit more. Though I wouldn't be upset if it did win.

I think I liked Toy Story 2 a bit more than the first one. That's just personal preference though. All three of them were so excellent that it's kind of hard to choose with one came out the best. Curse Pixar and their good storytelling :wink:
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by OldSchool_Boy Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:58 am

Watchmen

Out of the most recent DC adaptations,this my personal favorite
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