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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 01-02-2013, 07:03 AM   #8716
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Saw Chronicle the other day. Underrated movie. One of the best superhero movies ive seen in a while
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:26 AM   #8717
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Really liked Les Miserables. I was very impressed with Anne Hathaway, Jackman, and Eddie Redmayne (whose remorseful song "Empty Chairs with Empty Tables" was probably my favorite). Russell Crowe's voice didn't bother me at all. The Christian imagery was bold and welcoming.

Before watching the musical, I watched the 4.5 hour French version from 1934 on hulu. It is phenomenal, with a nearly perfect pace (the battle scenes are dated and a bit tiring). A note: the actor who plays Jean Valjean was Jewish and killed in the Holocaust.
Crowe was terrible. He destroyed Javert musically.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #8718
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My thoughts on Les Miserables:

First, the positive. Overall, very enjoyable. Particularly amazing performances by Anne Hathaway (just send her the Oscar now) and Eddie Redmayne. Jackman was a strong lead. The child actors were outstanding. Nearly everybody did a good job. Except....

(here comes a frazod rant.....)

RUSSELL ****ING CROWE

Holy ****ing shit. I mean, holy ****ing shit. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how awful he was. I mean ****ing putrid. Vile. Abominable. HE CANNOT SING. AT ALL. It was like some community theater play where the rich businessman who's bankrolling the production won't pay for the show unless his spoiled, talentless brat gets a lead role. It was like Star Wars with Elmer Fudd playing Darth Vader. It was like reading Wickedson's posts. IT WAS LIKE WATCHING MATT CASSEL PLAY QUARTERBACK. To the pantheon of motion picture suck that contains hacks like Sofia Coppola in Godfather Part III, Jake Lloyd in Phantom Menace, and Everett McGill in Dune (yes, I'm invoking Dune), we can now add Russell Crowe. What, was Keanu Reeves not available? How about Bob Dylan? Rosie O'Donnell? Crowe was so completely ****ing bad. His performance was a slap in the face to every other actor who ever played that role, and to anyone who ever watched these people on stage. And he HAD TO KNOW how much he sucked. The other actors had to know. I would think someone who had enjoyed so much success, who is a good actor, who has an Oscar on his mantle, would have enough pride to not embarrass himself in such a way. The studio must have insisted on casting him. There is no other explanation.

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Beyond Crowe's odious turn as JarJarvert, they tinkered with some of the lyrics, cut an entire verse from Drink With Me, and there were also some really bad edits that nearly jarred me out of my seat. And yes, I appreciated that the actors sang live, but the novelty of it wore off about two-thirds of the way through, and at that point I started wishing they'd just sing it the way the stage actors do.

On a 10 scale, I'd give it a 7. Would have been a 9 if not for Crowe.
The cut a little out of every song, I think. In some cases (Little People, Dog Eat Dog are two that come to mind). And the two songs they added were terrible. Not sure if the original composers/lyricists wrote them, but they don't fit musically with the rest of the show.

They also rearranged several things, which in most cases I didn't mind. In the case of I Dreamed a Dream, I think where they moved it to was particularly effective.

Eddie Redmayne ****ing nailed Empty Chairs, and that was one of two songs (the other being I Dreamed a Dream) that I thought the minimalist staging required because of the live recording really worked in its favor. I've always liked Empty Chairs, but it was never one of the songs that really touched me. Redmayne's version really got my allergies acting up.

And Crowe's voice was brutal... I guess by the time Stars came around my expectations had been sufficiently lowered that I wasn't terribly let down. But damn... my favorite character and favorite song and he just destroyed both.

Almost as big a sin as Crowe's Javert was how they wasted Colm Wilkinson as the priest.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:41 AM   #8719
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Was Crowe as bad as Pierce Brosnan singing ABBA in Mamma Mia?
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #8720
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Was Crowe as bad as Pierce Brosnan singing ABBA in Mamma Mia?
The problem with Mamma Mia! wasn't Pierce Brosnan. It was ABBA.

And yes.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #8721
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The cut a little out of every song, I think. In some cases (Little People, Dog Eat Dog are two that come to mind). And the two songs they added were terrible. Not sure if the original composers/lyricists wrote them, but they don't fit musically with the rest of the show.

They also rearranged several things, which in most cases I didn't mind. In the case of I Dreamed a Dream, I think where they moved it to was particularly effective.

Eddie Redmayne ****ing nailed Empty Chairs, and that was one of two songs (the other being I Dreamed a Dream) that I thought the minimalist staging required because of the live recording really worked in its favor. I've always liked Empty Chairs, but it was never one of the songs that really touched me. Redmayne's version really got my allergies acting up.

And Crowe's voice was brutal... I guess by the time Stars came around my expectations had been sufficiently lowered that I wasn't terribly let down. But damn... my favorite character and favorite song and he just destroyed both.

Almost as big a sin as Crowe's Javert was how they wasted Colm Wilkinson as the priest.
Yeah, there were a lot of little alterations, many of which were completely unneccessary, but most of the changes I was okay with. I've never read the book, but I discussed it with somebody who had this morning, and they added a few things from the book that were never touched on in the stage play, which I thought was a nice touch (and also helped explain some things).

I can see Colm Wilkinson sitting in his dressing room having an Alexander Dane/Galaxy Quest meltdown over having to work with a ****ing amateurs. I assume they basically did this to throw him a bone. At least he didn't have to actually perform with Crowe.

I have to go see it again this weekend (I promised my Goddaughter I'd take her). I've already told her that Crowe solos will make excellent bathroom breaks. I may even bring my headphones and listen to Quast version of Stars that I have on my iPhone instead of him.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #8722
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #8723
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #8724
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I saw the Hobbit last night... it was surprisingly good. I saw it in the High Frame Rate in 3D... kinda was almost too crisp and clean. Looked fake at times at the beginning.

Very good film though. Much better then I had anticipated. I kinda went begrudgingly, but actually really enjoyed it.

Well worth the price of admission. It had so many fore-shadowing to LOTR, that I couldn't help but be amused.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #8725
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Saw Chronicle the other day. Underrated movie. One of the best superhero movies ive seen in a while
Quality Flick. I enjoyed it, despite the Hand Held Camera thing.. which they helped smooth out with Andrew's "talent."

I watched "Man with the Iron Fists..." Pretty lame. Save your money, wait for video, even if you are a die hard kung-fu master or Lucy Liu lover.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #8728
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I saw Les Miserables recently as well and my sentiments are pretty much an echo of what has been stated already. Although Crowe didn't bother me as much as some. But that was probably because I read the reviews here and was prepared. It was a really good movie though.
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I didn't like VHS much. The short stories all started off OK with decent tension but ended up going the 'wierd' route, which I was not a fan of...

Oh, except the final haunted house story- that one was too legit.

Also, I may just be a bit mad because I Redbox'd it last night only to find out that its on Netflix instant today..
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:31 AM   #8730
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