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In the Heat of the Night - Finally finished this film. Real life just kept on getting in the way. The film is quite edgy and Poitier does a great job of putting the viewer on edge. He definitely does have that intensity many credit him, especially in this film. What I don't understand is why he has the initial motive he does in the investigation. Why go after Endicott? It just seemed to have so little behind it, that a good cop would have needed a bit more to make the leap.

Tom Brokaw said this film winning the best film Oscar was a travesty. I don't understand why. There was no artsy film that was in competition. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner may have been the other option. The Graduate was just experimental 60s fluff. Bonnie and Clyde (of which I have yet to see) was a film of similar thriller aspects.

The film is very good, but not perfect or great. It certainly has runs of greatness, but then it kind of derails before getting back onto the tracks. Some of the puzzle pieces kept on being placed in the puzzle without the viewer being able to know it was even in play.

3 of 4
 

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I seem to be watching a lot of people walking through the Australian desert, lately.

I came to Lucky Miles without any expectations, never having heard of it.

Long story short, stranded asylum seekers.

Minimal plot but well worth watching. 8/10
 

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Speaking of Sydney Poitier. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner was a brave effort for the time in bringing interracial relationships to the fore. No big deal today, but it was somewhat at the time this movie was made.
I would rate this very highly because of the fine acting and subject matter. 8.5/10
 

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Jackie Chan's first outing as indestructible Hong Kong policeman Ka Kui Chan is a very enjoyable and fast-paced action comedy. This film and its sequels are not noteworthy for brilliant plotting or dialogue, but for the high-energy action sequences, some of which are still pretty remarkable today. Maggie Cheung made her first of several appearances as Ka Kui's long-suffering girlfriend May
 

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Forest Gump, on VCR. We haven't watched it in the last 5 years or more and were showing it to a guest who had never seen it before. She was impressed. It's still a great flick, though the memories it evokes have receded farther, along with our hair. 10 - does everything a movie should.
 

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Forest Gump, on VCR. We haven't watched it in the last 5 years or more and were showing it to a guest who had never seen it before. She was impressed. It's still a great flick, though the memories it evokes have receded farther, along with our hair. 10 - does everything a movie should.

WTF is a VCR?
 

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Forest Gump, on VCR. We haven't watched it in the last 5 years or more and were showing it to a guest who had never seen it before. She was impressed. It's still a great flick, though the memories it evokes have receded farther, along with our hair. 10 - does everything a movie should.
That is a wonderful movie. It was by chance I read the book by Winston Groom about a year prior to the movie coming out. The book is rather chaotic but worth reading as you also get Forrest's space mission and resulting crash in the jungle of New Guinea where he plays chess with a cannibal. Of course he wins and has to run for his life. What's not to love.
 

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Run Forest run! "And I ran and I ran and I ran!" Then purely by accident he comes by a heap of Apple shares. It was a great film, among the best Tom Hanks has starred in. I think it rates very highly.
 

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Forest Gump, on VCR. We haven't watched it in the last 5 years or more and were showing it to a guest who had never seen it before. She was impressed. It's still a great flick, though the memories it evokes have receded farther, along with our hair. 10 - does everything a movie should.
WTF is a VCR?
I heard it was culpable in the death of the radio star.
 

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Run Forest run! "And I ran and I ran and I ran!" Then purely by accident he comes by a heap of Apple shares. It was a great film, among the best Tom Hanks has starred in. I think it rates very highly.
Take out the soundtrack and the movie isn't nearly as much. I think my problem with the movie was how overpraised Hanks was for the performance. He wasn't that good.
 

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I can't get past the scene when Tom Hanks starts running cross-country, and before long hundreds of people are following him.

Then, when he decides he's tired of running, he stops. And the people behind him stop and declare that he's about to say something profound! How did they know that? You mean to tell me that in all the time it took FG to grow a beard to his navel, he never once stopped running to eat, sleep, or take a dump? And neither did all the people tagging along?
 

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I can't get past the scene when Tom Hanks starts running cross-country, and before long hundreds of people are following him.

Then, when he decides he's tired of running, he stops. And the people behind him stop and declare that he's about to say something profound! How did they know that? You mean to tell me that in all the time it took FG to grow a beard to his navel, he never once stopped running to eat, sleep, or take a dump? And neither did all the people tagging along?

Maybe he'd never stopped in the middle of a street before.
 

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I liked the end of that bit when he stopped, walked back to the people and said "I'm done running now" and then left. All the guys were like "WTF dude? That's it? I've been following you for years, man!"
 

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I can't get past the scene when Tom Hanks starts running cross-country, and before long hundreds of people are following him.

Then, when he decides he's tired of running, he stops. And the people behind him stop and declare that he's about to say something profound! How did they know that? You mean to tell me that in all the time it took FG to grow a beard to his navel, he never once stopped running to eat, sleep, or take a dump? And neither did all the people tagging along?
More like two dozen people, and not the same ones the whole time. He said early in that segment that when he was tired he rested, when he was hungry he ate and when he had to go, well, you know. Reason the current batch of followers expected something profound was because of the "Shit Happens" and Smiley face bits.
You watch this while playing ping-pong?
 

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Forest Gump, on VCR. We haven't watched it in the last 5 years or more and were showing it to a guest who had never seen it before. She was impressed. It's still a great flick, though the memories it evokes have receded farther, along with our hair. 10 - does everything a movie should.
WTF is a VCR?
I heard it was culpable in the death of the radio star.

Video killed the radio star, video killed the radio star. Well, it didn't, radio stars are still there. It's video tape that's been replaced by the memory card. :p
 

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Run Forest run! "And I ran and I ran and I ran!" Then purely by accident he comes by a heap of Apple shares. It was a great film, among the best Tom Hanks has starred in. I think it rates very highly.
Take out the soundtrack and the movie isn't nearly as much. I think my problem with the movie was how overpraised Hanks was for the performance. He wasn't that good.

I can't think of many other actors who could portray the dorky Forrest as well as Hanks. Dustin Hoffman comes to mind and would have been great in that role as well.
 

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Take out the soundtrack and the movie isn't nearly as much. I think my problem with the movie was how overpraised Hanks was for the performance. He wasn't that good.
I loved it for the story. Hanks was an afterthought. Any good actor could have done the job. Consider Charlize Theron in Monster. Edward Norton in The Score juxtaposed to American History X.
They took a book that transitioned poorly from one part of Forrest's life to the next, to the point where it was barely a story (almost a collection of shorts) and made something out of it. Granted, the movie was a bit heavy on Vietnam. Vietnam was the anchor. Personally, I would have liked a bit more implausibility in Forrest's life, one more oddball adventure.
 

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Speaking of dorky actors, is there a more dorky actor than Hugh Grant? Stars in Bridget Jones Diary with Renne Zeilweger. The plot goes along the lines of a dumpy lovelorn [Grant] falls for a duo of unlikely suitors. It's a feminist movie in many ways but highly rated by the critics. I give it....7/10
 

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They took a book that transitioned poorly from one part of Forrest's life to the next, to the point where it was barely a story (almost a collection of shorts) and made something out of it. Granted, the movie was a bit heavy on Vietnam. Vietnam was the anchor. Personally, I would have liked a bit more implausibility in Forrest's life, one more oddball adventure.
The Borneo part? I would have liked to see that, but the film was already quite long. Vietnam pretty much was the anchor of our generation's coming of age - the central idea around which we took up not only political positions but entire philosophies about the value of life and the nature of loyalty. It left very deep scars, too, which was the point of Lieutenant Dan (..well, that and American militarism).
I don't think this movie can mean very much to anyone who wasn't there: it's the chronicle of my times. The central character is not the story; he's a recorder. That's why he had to be simple, as it would be seen by a child or a Martian: no axe to grind.


On a whole other note, Bridget Jones Diary was an amusing enough book, but hardly worth making a movie about. Feminist? I don't think most feminists would agree. Chick-flick, hell, yeah.
 

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Speaking of dorky actors, is there a more dorky actor than Hugh Grant? Stars in Bridget Jones Diary with Renne Zeilweger. The plot goes along the lines of a dumpy lovelorn [Grant] falls for a duo of unlikely suitors. It's a feminist movie in many ways but highly rated by the critics. I give it....7/10
Hugh Grant, dumpy and lovelorn? Dorky, yes. Colin Firth too. But they are actors, it's schtick. I think you mean Renee Thingamabob.
 

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Speaking of dorky actors, is there a more dorky actor than Hugh Grant? Stars in Bridget Jones Diary with Renne Zeilweger. The plot goes along the lines of a dumpy lovelorn [Grant] falls for a duo of unlikely suitors. It's a feminist movie in many ways but highly rated by the critics. I give it....7/10
Hugh Grant, dumpy and lovelorn? Dorky, yes. Colin Firth too. But they are actors, it's schtick. I think you mean Renee Thingamabob.
Certainly would have made for a more interesting film if it was Grant and not Zellwigger who was torn between the two suitors.
 

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Mr. Nobody (2013)

An amibitious sci-fi film that is, in my opinion, too ambitious and too long.

Many great visuals, semi-coherent plot, and one emotionally-satisfying scene at the end.

Or maybe it didn't happen at all.

Jared Leto isn't very convincing as an 118 yr old man :)

6.5/10
 
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The Cruel Sea

8.5/10

A very good, hard-edged World War 2 film, adapted from Nicholas Monsarrat's novel which was based on his own experiences as a Royal Navy officer serving on convoy escorts. Jack Hawkins is an excellent lead, a very convincing Royal Navy officer, still upper lip and all, and Charles Frend's direction gives the film an almost documentary feel at times--it's one of the most realistic portrayals of naval combat on screen that I've ever seen.
 

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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So I remember this one from when I was a wee lad
And it still holds up pretty well today
The characters are generally funny, the acting is all good and the blend of animation and Live action is pretty darn impressive
I think the plot is a bit shorter and sparser then I remember it
But in the end it was a fun little movie overall

Basil The Great Mouse Detective

6/10
Basically this is the Disney Animated version of Sherlock Holmes......with mice
And it is fun, light hearted and with some good action (Plus Vincent Price as an evil Rat)
So as far as the old Disney animated movies go this isn't going to blow anyone away
But it is worth the watch

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack

7/10
Ok this movie is just plain weird, and in many ways unlike any of the other Godzilla movies
The visual designs of the monsters is very different from the others (Mothra is more sleek and insectish as well as losing the two fairies he normally has, Godzilla seems alot less spikey and has pale white eyes, and King Ghidorah is more chunky and less gold)
The plot is also very interesting as it casts Godzilla as an out and out villain whist the other 3 monsters (Also features Barragon) are all heroes
Then you throw in deus Ex Machinas, random spirit people and the monsters acting different from previous canon and you are left with something unique
About the only thing similar to other Godzillas are the humans, and they are alright in this one
In the end this movie is really nothing like the others overall but still it has a sense of awesome and actually pulls off a completely different style
So be prepared for a strange movie, but a surprisingly enjoyable one
 

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Speaking of dorky actors, is there a more dorky actor than Hugh Grant? Stars in Bridget Jones Diary with Renne Zeilweger. The plot goes along the lines of a dumpy lovelorn [Grant] falls for a duo of unlikely suitors. It's a feminist movie in many ways but highly rated by the critics. I give it....7/10
Hugh Grant, dumpy and lovelorn? Dorky, yes. Colin Firth too. But they are actors, it's schtick. I think you mean Renee Thingamabob.

Oops! yes my mistake. Thingamabob was the lovelorn.
 

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Pretty young people acting stupidly. I left after 20 minutes; therefore unrated.
 

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Lame. It started out great, but got more idiotic as it went on.

Basically a low grade monster movie with an A-list movie CGI budget.

You don't care about the human characters. They make stupid decisions and do not take action when they should have.

The

monsters make

zero sense.

The science/biology are next to non-existent, the "scientists" in the movie useless.

There is no explanation for anything.

Don't waste your money on 3D, there was very little in the movie used for it.

The audience only got excited when the battles began.

Dumb. Really sorry I wasted money to see this.
 

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On telly last night the thriller High Crimes It's always a pleasure to watch Morgan Freeman in any role, plus Ashley Judd who is one of my favourite actors.
Plot: A lawyer fights to clear her name after being implicated in her ex husband's war crimes.
The ending is a little unexpected but still a good movie. 7/10
 

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Take Shelter


10/10

It is a blend of psychological thriller, drama, and horror. Really one of the best horror movies I've seen in a while. I don't want to delve into the plot lest I reveal too much. Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon blew me away. The tone was utterly eerie throughout.
 

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I am not trolling and I would probably not read a book. I watch movies.
 

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I googled it after you asked the question. The shortened title seems to be from a Broadway production with Eddie Izzard in the Alan Bates role.

You'd need someone with superb comic timing to pull it off and I wish I had seen the Izzard production.

Have you seen it?




Thread response.

I watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and was REALLY disappointed.

The books were great. The radio shows were groundbreaking. The TV series was quirky and well adapted from the page and the film just sucked.

How could they do that?:(
 

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So I remember this one from when I was a wee lad
And it still holds up pretty well today
The characters are generally funny, the acting is all good and the blend of animation and Live action is pretty darn impressive
I think the plot is a bit shorter and sparser then I remember it
But in the end it was a fun little movie overall
Funny. Just watched this again. I think the movie does pretty well for a Cartoon film noir. It still looks pretty good too. They did a great job intermingling the cartoons with the reality... it is the 80s Mary Poppins, but a joy to watch.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Okay, I give up. From here on out if the Marvel logo is emblazoned on the screen I'll know to just shut my brain off, enjoy the stunning visuals, and wait patiently for the inevitable Stan Lee cameo. The movie sure looked good, was filled with good looking people, and had lots of exploding stuff, but it was ridiculous. 5/10

Of course I admit my opinion may have been soured a bit going in. See, this is the first time in years I've gone to see a movie in anything other than the dollar theater. I had a free pass for the ticket, but the snack bar...wow. Ten bucks for a small popcorn and a small drink? And I thought the concession stand at the ball park was a scam!

Today I watched Melancholia.

Amazon Prime trial membership. Cost: Nothing. Yet I could have easily eaten twenty dollars worth of popcorn (I think they call that "medium" at the theater) trying to kill time waiting for something to happen in this film.

Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman on her (very expensive) wedding night who clearly has issues, while a rogue planet (Melancholia) is approaching Earth for a close pass by (or collision?) in a few days. A few days is how long the first act seems to be. The wedding is a slow moving disaster, and it takes an hour to play out on screen. It was such a relief when the next act (and there's really only two) dawned, if for no other reason than the wedding was finally over. From that point it was just a matter of waiting to see if the planet crashed into the Earth and ended the lives of these insufferable people.

Other than that, I liked it. 2/10.
 

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Wayne's World Is there something wrong with me or is this highly rated so-called comedy crap of the highest order? How can others see humour while I see nothing but pure shite! 1.5/10
 

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Wayne's World Is there something wrong with me or is this highly rated so-called comedy crap of the highest order? How can others see humour while I see nothing but pure shite! 1.5/10
The movie may not have aged well. It could be stuck in a comic time warp, as some forms of comedy do. The movie wasn't absurdly funny, but was pretty good at the time. The sequel didn't amount to much.
 

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Freebie and the Bean.
Cops protecting a criminal until they can get the evidence to arrest him.

1974, the humor stands up a lot better than the fashions do. Some excellent chase scenes, huge piles of wrecked cars, corruption at almost all levels... Mostly a love story between James Caan and Alan Arkin's characters. When they're not trying to kill each other. Caan makes calling for a tow-truck funny.

I'd go 8 out of 10.
 

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I watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and was REALLY disappointed.

.... the film just sucked.

How could they do that?:(
I liked the dolphin song and the improbability drive. Everything else sucked. They could have taken any of the books or even just parts, and made a good film - there was enough story! Instead, they tried to jam all the concepts into too small a production, and failed miserably.

Would I get marshmallow-fluffed if I admitted to liking Despicable Me? I'm not a big fan of children but this is funny.
 

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I watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and was REALLY disappointed.

.... the film just sucked.

How could they do that?:(
I liked the dolphin song and the improbability drive. Everything else sucked. They could have taken any of the books or even just parts, and made a good film - there was enough story! Instead, they tried to jam all the concepts into too small a production, and failed miserably.

Would I get marshmallow-fluffed if I admitted to liking Despicable Me? I'm not a big fan of children but this is funny.
Despicable Me is cute and effective. Nothing wrong with that. The second film was arguably better.
 

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I watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night and was REALLY disappointed.

.... the film just sucked.

How could they do that?:(
I liked the dolphin song and the improbability drive. Everything else sucked. They could have taken any of the books or even just parts, and made a good film - there was enough story! Instead, they tried to jam all the concepts into too small a production, and failed miserably.

Would I get marshmallow-fluffed if I admitted to liking Despicable Me? I'm not a big fan of children but this is funny.

I loved The Hitchhikers Guide. My sister and I were laughing our guts out we thought it was funny.
 
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