Movie Mania!!!

diane_nj 6b/7aNovember 1, 2006

I have seen some really good movies in the past month, two of them in the past two days!

The Departed: Leo, Leo, Leo! Marky-Mark!!! OK, Jack and Matt were good too, as was Alec Baldwin (becoming a nice character actor). But it is Leo who commands the screen.

The Queen: Helen Mirren in a wonderful performance. More nuance in her lifted eyebrow than you can imagine. Interesting version of the royals and the new PM ("Call me Tony") in the week after Diana's death.

The Prestige: I have been waiting for this since I saw the trailer at MI:III in May! Christian Bale/Hugh Jackman. Oh, my! Hunky! Trippy!! CREEPY!!! David Bowie as Tesla with Andy Serkis ("Gollum") as his assistant. Michael Caine! Love Christopher Nolan's movies! Perfect for Halloween (aka, I'm-Hiding-From-The-Trick-Or-Treaters) Night!

Add in "Lady Vengance" a Korean movie about a women who seeks revenge against the man who was in on a crime with her but got away with it while she went to prison. Strange, but enjoyable, in a way...

All quiet now until Thanksgiving when I am sure mom will want to see Casino Royale.

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Many years ago I used to see almost every movie that was released but in todays world most of the movies are too weird for my taste.

I would like to see The Queen---I also heard the Illusionist was a good movie.

I did get my DH to go see Boynton Beach Club---we both liked it.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 1:00PM
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Sigh, your post just reminded me how far behind we are in our movie watching. My husband and I are huge film buffs but we are on a budget so we can't go see everything in the theater anymore. Mostly we've just been watching the free films at the cinematheque on campus. I've discovered a Godard movie that I really like called "A Woman is a Woman", a Hungarian movie called "Werckmeister Harmonies" that is very slow moving and absolutely beautiful, and they are just about to start their martial arts movies which I am looking forward to. We've also rented a lot of horror movies this month in honor of Halloween. The best was called "The Devil's Backbone" and is a Spanish/Mexian film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It's a not too scary ghost story in which the humans are the ones to be afraid of.

"The Departed" is a remake of the Hong Kong movie "Infernal Affairs", so if you liked "The Departed" you should see "Infernal Affairs". "Infernal Affairs" is a very good movie.

I haven't seen any of the others on your list Diane, but they're on our list too. I've seen "Old Boy" which is part of the same series as "Lady Vengence" but I haven't gotten the courage to see that one yet.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 2:27PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

I'm looking forward to see those you listed Diane. Last Friday we saw "The Last King of Scotland" with Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator. Wow, talk about *tense*! Great movie, don't miss it.

I didn't know "The Departed" was based on another movie. Thanks for the tip athenainwi!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 3:14PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

The theater where I saw The Prestige last night has $5 admission all day on Tuesdays! They need to upgrade their seats, though, no rooms with "stadium" seating. But it is 5 minutes from work.

Yes, I did see Infernal Affairs, very good!

I had heard of Oldboy, I need to see that one. They are part of a trilogy, just like me to work backwards!

Ah, I think "Last King" is next up at the movie theater in my town (it is the local "art house"), so I'll get to see it this month! Love Forrest Whitaker (he should have won the Emmy for "The Shield", but TV is another topic...).

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 4:34PM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

Diane, Casino Royale? Is that starring the new "man" and is it a remake of the original?> Who else stars?


    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 8:18PM
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Susan Serra

Saw The Departed last weekend. It was fantastic! Alec Baldwin was fantastic, Mark Wahlburg was fantastic, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson were, guess....fantastc, although Jack does put it on pretty thick! And, I absolutely love Leonardo DiCaprio. The entire ensemble was GOOD.

A few weeks before that we saw Little Miss Sunshine. Go see it! I guarantee you'll leave with a big smile. It's funny, weird, sad, deep, all really good stuff.

So maybe this weekend we'll see another one....or two.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 8:42PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Yes, Casino Royale is the new Bond with the new 007 (how James Bond came to be 007), Daniel Craig. Craig was very good in Layer Cake and Munich and maybe he can clean up well enough to be Bond. Not my first choice, but c'est la vie.

The first CR was pure fun and spoof with Peter Sellers, David Niven (suave!) and a host of other big names from that era.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2006 at 9:30AM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

I am curious as to why Pierce Brosnan quit or stopped getting the part. I liked him.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 9:16AM
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I believe Pierce Brosnan thought he was getting too old for it. Anyway, he quit, he wasn't fired. I really liked Daniel Criag in Layer Cake so I'm looking forward to the new movie. Oh, and a bit of trivia - the original Casino Royal was not part of the official Bond studio franchise and the movie was made by another studio, which is why it is a considered a spoof rather than part of the Bond lexicon. My husband is very happy that they are finally doing a proper version of the film as he says the book is rather good.

Um, just in case anyone else is thinking of renting Old Boy, I have to warn you that it is a very disturbing movie. I think Diane can handle it since you've seen Lady Vengence but I really can't recommend it to anyone. But if you do like the kind of movie then I'll recommend a film called "Three...Extremes" which is three short films by the best directors of the Asia Extreme movement. The Miike short is beautiful and not nearly as nasty as most of his full length films.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 11:04AM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

Can someone tell me a bit about Layer Cake before I rent it.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 11:43AM
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No problem Carla. Layer Cake is a crime movie sort of like Goodfellas or the Godfather. Daniel Craig plays a criminal who is trying to make enough money on his last job to get out and retire. Of course, everything goes wrong. It is a violent movie and deserves its R rating. It is an exciting movie that also takes its time to thoroughly explore the motivations of the characters and has a very good ending.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 2:33PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

We saw "The Departed" last night, and I completely agree with Diane and Susan, great film! I was impressed by how Leonardo DiCaprio has grown as an actor, really good performance. And the rest of the crew really good also. I was cringing a lot, it's quite violent, but the violence is central to the story.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2006 at 12:33PM
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I watched "Prime" with Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep on cable last night. It's a farcical premise but they pull it off, make it work, and bring it to a believable ending.

I enjoyed it.


    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 10:08PM
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