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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 02-10-2009, 09:59 PM   #1726
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We rented The Express and, ironically, Pineapple Express. Haven't watched them yet, but outside of the titles, I'm not expecting them to be terribly similar.
Finally watched them both.

The Express was pretty good. I think I've mentioned before that my father-in-law grew up in Syracuse and actually knew Ernie Davis - I'll have to ask him how accurate it was.

Pineapple Express was funny as hell, right up until that painfully stupid ending scene in the restaurant.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:11 PM   #1727
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Finally watched them both.

The Express was pretty good. I think I've mentioned before that my father-in-law grew up in Syracuse and actually knew Ernie Davis - I'll have to ask him how accurate it was.

Pineapple Express was funny as hell, right up until that painfully stupid ending scene in the restaurant.
Generally, most all comedies kinda hit me that way. All the hilarity is in the build-up. The resolution gernerally kinda falls flat.

That said, I thought Pineapple Express was a blast. And as much as I like Seth Rogen... Franco, and his dealer stole the show.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:13 PM   #1728
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Generally, most all comedies kinda hit me that way. All the hilarity is in the build-up. The resolution gernerally kinda falls flat.

That said, I thought Pineapple Express was a blast. And as much as I like Seth Rogen... Franco, and his dealer stole the show.
Franco is definitely on his way up.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:14 PM   #1729
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Franco is definitely on his way up.
Hard to believe that was the same guy from the Spider Man movies...

He's much more likable as a stoner.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:22 PM   #1730
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Rosie Perez was great as the evile bitch cop, too.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:25 PM   #1731
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Rosie Perez was great as the evile bitch cop, too.
Nice to see her finally throw down and kick some ass.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:34 PM   #1732
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Nice to see her finally throw down and kick some ass.
That fight between her and Franco ****ing rocked.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:55 AM   #1733
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Watched "The Orphanage" earlier tonight and it was a surprisingly good ghost story type flick.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:36 PM   #1734
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Watched "The Orphanage" earlier tonight and it was a surprisingly good ghost story type flick.
ya I actually thought that one was pretty good. I believe I hated the ending though
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:38 PM   #1735
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Traitor: watch this if you haven't! I thought it was a great movie and Don Cheadle is a damn good actor.

The Rocker: not too bad, a little over the top dumber comedy, but enjoyable nevertheless. I only rented it because Dwight rocks!
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:12 PM   #1736
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Just watched:

Traitor: watch this if you haven't! I thought it was a great movie and Don Cheadle is a damn good actor.

The Rocker: not too bad, a little over the top dumber comedy, but enjoyable nevertheless. I only rented it because Dwight rocks!
Traitor is on my queue on NetFlix, looking forward to it.

Don Cheadle was great in Hotel Rwanda.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:47 PM   #1737
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So, I finally sat down and watched "Do the Right Thing".

Didn't really care for it. Of course it was provocative, but that doesn't equate to good cinema. I'd say that Spike Lee did a great job in creating an antihero in Mookie, but I'm not a true believer in authorial intent. The only thing that matters is what is conveyed through the text.

Sal, Da Mayor, and Pino where the only redeemable characters in the entire film. I'm sure that some would criticize Da Mayor for tomming for the way that he cleaned up the outside of the parlor at the beginning, or for attempting to quell the coming riot after Radio Raheem was killed. Although I can see the argument for the first, I don't at all see that for the second.

Furthermore, I find Spike Lee's assertion that the destruction of the pizzeria in order to save Sal and his kids to be preposterous. Yeah the cops crossed a line and should be prosecuted, and they weren't targeting Pino and Raheem, just Raheem, but Sal isn't the cops, and the mob equating Sal to the cops shows a reprehensible amount of bigotry.

But generally, that's what Spike Lee films intend to do--they want to show a story of bigotry, and instead the vast majority of the bigotry that is shown is that of the filmmaker.

Then again, maybe I'm guilty of some revisionist history since I viewed this after seeing the vile homophobic tripe that was She Hate Me. I guess I see Spike as the vailpass of American cinema.
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:11 PM   #1738
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So, I finally sat down and watched "Do the Right Thing".

Didn't really care for it. Of course it was provocative, but that doesn't equate to good cinema. I'd say that Spike Lee did a great job in creating an antihero in Mookie, but I'm not a true believer in authorial intent. The only thing that matters is what is conveyed through the text.

Sal, Da Mayor, and Pino where the only redeemable characters in the entire film. I'm sure that some would criticize Da Mayor for tomming for the way that he cleaned up the outside of the parlor at the beginning, or for attempting to quell the coming riot after Radio Raheem was killed. Although I can see the argument for the first, I don't at all see that for the second.

Furthermore, I find Spike Lee's assertion that the destruction of the pizzeria in order to save Sal and his kids to be preposterous. Yeah the cops crossed a line and should be prosecuted, and they weren't targeting Pino and Raheem, just Raheem, but Sal isn't the cops, and the mob equating Sal to the cops shows a reprehensible amount of bigotry.

But generally, that's what Spike Lee films intend to do--they want to show a story of bigotry, and instead the vast majority of the bigotry that is shown is that of the filmmaker.

Then again, maybe I'm guilty of some revisionist history since I viewed this after seeing the vile homophobic tripe that was She Hate Me. I guess I see Spike as the vailpass of American cinema.
I see a lot of parallels between Spike and Michael Bay in DTRT, a visual feast that's about as deep as a rain puddle. I find the film as mesmerizing and memorable as anything on film, but yeah, the narrative is a hot tranny mess. Where is does triumph is in showing how everyone is human, and hot, and limited in their view of the whole picture. The fine line between menacing and fronting, the river of uneasy peace that can roil under even the longest of relationships.
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So, I finally sat down and watched "Do the Right Thing".

Didn't really care for it. Of course it was provocative, but that doesn't equate to good cinema. I'd say that Spike Lee did a great job in creating an antihero in Mookie, but I'm not a true believer in authorial intent. The only thing that matters is what is conveyed through the text.

Sal, Da Mayor, and Pino where the only redeemable characters in the entire film. I'm sure that some would criticize Da Mayor for tomming for the way that he cleaned up the outside of the parlor at the beginning, or for attempting to quell the coming riot after Radio Raheem was killed. Although I can see the argument for the first, I don't at all see that for the second.

Furthermore, I find Spike Lee's assertion that the destruction of the pizzeria in order to save Sal and his kids to be preposterous. Yeah the cops crossed a line and should be prosecuted, and they weren't targeting Pino and Raheem, just Raheem, but Sal isn't the cops, and the mob equating Sal to the cops shows a reprehensible amount of bigotry.

But generally, that's what Spike Lee films intend to do--they want to show a story of bigotry, and instead the vast majority of the bigotry that is shown is that of the filmmaker.

Then again, maybe I'm guilty of some revisionist history since I viewed this after seeing the vile homophobic tripe that was She Hate Me. I guess I see Spike as the vailpass of American cinema.
Okay, first: Your take on the movie is exactly what I walked away with.

Second: Mad props for working FailAss in to ANY slam. REP!
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