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Old 10-13-2007, 11:31 PM  
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Yeah, so I saw a lot of movies this weekend.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Mediocre, at best. Slow and dragged on. Shorten it to 2 hours and it's golden. It's not, so it fails.

Michael Clayton - Amazing. Everything about it is awesome. However, it's VERY complex and mind bending. You have to think, so be prepared. I still feel like I'm missing key details of exactly what happened. Gotta see it again.

Across the Universe - Perfect is one word that comes to mind. It just works. And, contrary to many people I bet, the movie is best viewed sober. Trust me.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:44 PM   #706
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I saw Michael Clayton when it came out, and I really didn't enjoy it.

I didn't get it at all, I'm not sure why.
Watch it again. I'm not sure why I didn't get it the first time, but still loved it. And then the second time everything clicked and I loved it more.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:54 AM   #707
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I saw Michael Clayton when it came out, and I really didn't enjoy it.

I didn't get it at all, I'm not sure why.
It was heavily character/acting driven. I really enjoyed it but didn't think that it quite lived up to the hype. The last 15 minutes or so had some very badass exchanges.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:13 AM   #708
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I know it's in the thread starter but it was on HBO today so I have to plug it again:

Michael Clayton was badass.
I thought it was boring and highly predictable.

How Tilda Swinson won an Oscar for 10 minutes of predictability is beyond me.

Well, actually not (voter pandering, gifts and so on) but what a joke.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:24 AM   #709
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How Tilda Swinson won an Oscar for 10 minutes of predictability is beyond me.

Well, actually not (voter pandering, gifts and so on) but what a joke.
I first watched it after the awards and was kind of thinking the same thing. She was pretty damn good in it but I didn't get the feeling of holy shit she should win an award for this.

I realize I can google this but who else was more deserving in the field?
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:30 AM   #710
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I first watched it after the awards and was kind of thinking the same thing. She was pretty damn good in it but I didn't get the feeling of holy shit she should win an award for this.

I realize I can google this but who else was more deserving in the field?

Best Supporting Actress

* Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton
o Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
o Ruby Dee - American Gangster
o Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
o Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

I'd have gone with Amy Ryan or Ruby Dee.

Honestly, the field wasn't that strong. Tilda, while a good actress, didn't deserve an Oscar IMO for a role that could have been played just as easily by 20 other women off the top of my head.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:32 AM   #711
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I watched The Counterfeiters last weekend but forgot to post it on this thread. It was really damn good and I would definitly suggest it is worth the rental even if you dislike subtitles.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:37 AM   #712
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Best Supporting Actress

* Tilda - Michael Clayton
o Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
o Ruby Dee - American Gangster
o Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
o Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

I'd have gone with Amy Ryan or Ruby Dee.

Honestly, the field wasn't that strong. Tilda, while a good actress, didn't deserve an Oscar IMO for a role that could have been played just as easily by 20 other women off the top of my head.
I definitely agree with your take on it. Also agree that while she played the part well it could have easily worked with quite a few other actresses.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:38 AM   #713
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I don't know if it's been mentioned or not but I purchased "The Bank Job" a few weeks back on one of those 4 for $20 deals and it was terribly disappointing. It took me 3.5 hours to get through a 2 hour movie.

B.O.R.I.N.G.

And the accents were brutal for me.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:42 AM   #714
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I don't know if it's been mentioned or not but I purchased "The Bank Job" a few weeks back on one of those 4 for $20 deals and it was terribly disappointing. It took me 3.5 hours to get through a 2 hour movie.

B.O.R.I.N.G.

And the accents were brutal for me.
My expectations were really low on this one with all of the recent heist type of flicks but I ended up enjoying it. I am really worn out of the random band of guys setting up a complex robbery at this point and unfortunately it is kind of souring me on some of the classics.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:49 AM   #715
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My expectations were really low on this one with all of the recent heist type of flicks but I ended up enjoying it. I am really worn out of the random band of guys setting up a complex robbery at this point and unfortunately it is kind of souring me on some of the classics.
I was expecting action and intrigue like "The Italian Job" or the Danny Ocean series or Snatch or movies in a similar vein.

But a story about Princess Caroline being a sex freak that perpetuates itself into the reason for the bank heist in 1971 was futile to me.

Add to that, a lame soundtrack and score and no chemistry between Statham and anyone else, especially Saffron Burrows (or his wife).

It just didn't work for me personally.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:56 AM   #716
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I was expecting action and intrigue like "The Italian Job" or the Danny Ocean series or Snatch or movies in a similar vein.

But a story about Princess Caroline being a sex freak that perpetuates itself into the reason for the bank heist in 1971 was futile to me.

Add to that, a lame soundtrack and score and no chemistry between Statham and anyone else, especially Saffron Burrows (or his wife).

It just didn't work for me personally.
I can defiantly understand. For a while I thought I was watching a shittier take on the Inside Man, which I really liked.
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I saw Michael Clayton when it came out, and I really didn't enjoy it.

I didn't get it at all, I'm not sure why.
Watch it again. I was pretty "meh" when I saw it the first time. Really enjoyed it the second time.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:54 AM   #718
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Best Supporting Actress

* Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton
o Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
o Ruby Dee - American Gangster
o Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
o Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

I'd have gone with Amy Ryan or Ruby Dee.

Honestly, the field wasn't that strong. Tilda, while a good actress, didn't deserve an Oscar IMO for a role that could have been played just as easily by 20 other women off the top of my head.
Ruby Dee being nominated was kind of a joke too. She had like maybe 3 or 4 lines the entire movie. She got nominated for slapping Denzel.
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I thought it was boring and highly predictable.

How Tilda Swinson won an Oscar for 10 minutes of predictability is beyond me.

Well, actually not (voter pandering, gifts and so on) but what a joke.
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It was heavily character/acting driven. I really enjoyed it but didn't think that it quite lived up to the hype. The last 15 minutes or so had some very badass exchanges.
My opinion is you're both right. On the page, MC is a formuliac and predictible straightforward movie. The acting performances make the story resonate and stick with you. And Tilda's performance was the kind of stuff Oscar voters live for.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:31 AM   #720
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I was expecting action and intrigue like "The Italian Job" or the Danny Ocean series or Snatch or movies in a similar vein.

But a story about Princess Caroline being a sex freak that perpetuates itself into the reason for the bank heist in 1971 was futile to me.

Add to that, a lame soundtrack and score and no chemistry between Statham and anyone else, especially Saffron Burrows (or his wife).

It just didn't work for me personally.
well, it IS supposed to be based on a true story...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bank_Job
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