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I agree, Barblue. I loved it.

 

We saw "Gravity" last night. It was excellent. I cannot recommend it highly enough. And see it in the theater and in 3D.

 

I back every word of that. "Gravity" is the most realistic SF movie I have ever seen. 3D is, for once, absolute must here.

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I'm glad you liked "Gravity," Romanike.  I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't.

 

We saw "Ender's Game" this weekend.  It was also very good (although not as transcendent as "Gravity").  My son read the book for school last year, so I read it at the same time.  They were very true to the book and some scenes were exactly as I pictured them.  I very much recommend it.

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I'm glad you liked "Gravity," Romanike.  I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't.

I'm sorry Binker, I actively disliked it apart from a few shots of Earth from space. I thought they might just as well have left the humans and the blatant symbolism out and shown it as a specialist film for people who enjoy clever computer generated graphics.

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Watched Django Unchained over the weekend (in two parts - because it's a long film and we started watching it late on Friday) with my youngest son and OH.  Yes, it was very bloodthirsty, but that was balance to a certain extent by the humourerous way the story was told.  Silky smooth acting I thought with dramatic cinematography.  Very impressed - even if the blood was a bit much. 

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I'm glad you liked "Gravity," Romanike.  I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't.

 EXCEPT grasshopper and, if I remember correctly, Ting.

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 EXCEPT grasshopper and, if I remember correctly, Ting.

Binker,  I didn't intend my comment to come out as harshly as it did, or sound rude. Going to see Gravity in a Premium Cinema was meant to be a very special treat and turned out to be a disappointment.  I would not usually speak for Ting but as she is travelling I will add that she did enjoy the music. I think my feeling of being "let down" still rankles and my comment could have been more tactfully phrased.

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I wasn't offended at all.  And it reminded me that I think Ting was less than thrilled, too.  Besides, if you are going to make sweeping statements, you have to be ready for people to say that they are an exception.  

 

Much as I loved it, I thought her personal back story was too much as were all the references to the different religions.  What I particularly liked was the emphasis on the human desire to explore and hold on to life, even when those two fundamental desires are in conflict.  Also, I like Sandra Bullock a lot and was pleased that she did so well with a part that apparently was offered to almost everyone else in Hollywood.

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 EXCEPT grasshopper and, if I remember correctly, Ting.

 

Yep, you're right. But am not sure if I expressed said sentiment on this forum, or another.  However, I did like (a) when people kept crashing into things, :clap: (B) shots of Earth, © music. It has been said somewhere that the graphics are a step up on James Cameron's "Avatar", and that he's going to have to to "step up his game" with subsequent films. That anyone can compare Gravity with JC's Avatar leaves me in a state of aggressive hostility.   How dare they ... :rant:

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2 weeks ago, i saw enough said in the cinema with julia louis dreyfus and james gandolfini. i found it very funny and enjoyable. julia's character is a divorced masseuse with her daughter about to go off to college. at a party, she makes a new client (catherine keener i think) and meets james gandolfini's character and she meets gandolfini's character and they begin a relationship.

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Last weekend,I went and saw captain phillips,it was very good,very intense.

 

i saw this on wednesday. it is excellent.

 

also on wednesday (i don't go the cinema often so when i go, i do fill in more) i saw don jon. you could criticse the character of jon (gordon levitt) for not being likeable but the goal in the film is that he is suppose to be dislikeable. he is a person who is obsessed with porn, his body and sex though he prefers porn. he then at a bar sees scarlett johannsons character and wants her badly and pursues her. i think it is a good movie.

 

julie anne moore also is excellent as a mature student taking a night class with jon.

 

alot of scenes are repeated in it. going to the jim, going to mass, confessing the number of times he was sinful during the week, family dinner on a sunday watching american football, his sister in every scene just on her mobile facebooking or texting (even during mass).

 

 

the sister has about one line in the whole film. but i think the importance of the line can not be understated. it makes you think about johannson's character and you think about the other scenes and other things she wants in the film.

 

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I've watched and enjoyed these three films -

 

The Gatekeepers, a documentary film about Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet.  My daughter recommended it and she was spot on - excellent.

 

Amour, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2012.  How brave to even consider making a movie about an elderly couple (ex-music teachers) where the wife suffers a stroke, does not want to be hospitalised despite her condition worsening, and is lovingly cared for by her husband played wonderfully by Jean-Louis Trintignant.   Great acting and direction but perhaps 15 minutes or so too long.

 

Silver Linings Playbook we gave up on after 30 minutes.  As for Lincoln the only way my eyelids didn't droop was by watching for an hour, putting it on hold for an hour to watch TV, then reverting to it for the final hour and a half.   

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I saw Catching Fire this weekend too. It was very good. Jennifer Lawrence is always great. The article about Peeta is hilarious!

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I too watched Catching Fire recently and also enjoyed it. There is a scene in it where Katniss and Peeta are at a party in the capital and someone is encouraging them to take a drink that will make them sick so they can gorge themselves on more food and of course the implication is that people in the areas are starving whilst the few in the capital are wasting food. Whilst that scene was playing out I looked around the cinema at the audience stuffing themselves with huge buckets of popcorn, hot dogs, sweets, large cartons of drink etc and thought maybe that scene's wasted on them! 

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On Friday morning, after waking to the news of Mandela's death, I thought I could celebrate his life by watching "Long Walk to Freedom" (LWtF). When I got to the cinema I was told that the film had been temporarily withdrawn on government directive. :scratchhe  But I could watch any of another nine movies. :confused: For me that was a really strange reaction, rather the opposite - pull off everything else for a couple of days and play only "LWtF". Instead of wasting the trip, I opted for "Ender's Game", which I will be watching with friends, and their kids, in the near future. Luckily the only teary bit is right at the end.  Having not read the book, I found this to be an extraordinarily imaginative movie, and the scope for cgi almost limitless.  I look forward to watching it again.  It leaves the discerning viewer with some tantalising questions. (On the other hand, the undiscerning viewer leaves their food and drink trash behind.)

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 (On the other hand, the undiscerning viewer leaves their food and drink trash behind.)

Always annoys me as well.

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I watched "Angels and Demons" (for the second time) and marvelled anew at the leaps of logic the professor made in knowing where the next murder was going to be committed.  It probably was a bit clearer in the book although it's a while since I read it.  If nothing else seeing the architecture in Rome was amazing.  There was a lot of driving around in the dark looking for the next statue or building - like all of Mr. Brown's books that I've read the plot was complex and imaginative but overly long, however, I watched the whole darn thing anyway.   :rolleyes:

 

Just finding my way into some of the "chain"-type threads, some of which look quite good fun.  Think hubby will be making some contributions into the Song Chain on my behalf, music's more his thing.

Saw this one relating to Angels and Demons and it reminded me of when we saw it at the cinema a few years back.  Contrary to some films we have seen in the past, where the audience have on occasion cheered or applauded at the end, this was probably the only one we have been to where the end of the film was met by howls of derision, jeers and comments along the lines of "what a load of codswallop!".  I think the final straw was Ewan McGregor as the helicopter-flying priest surviving what I seem to recall as the "Mother of all Helicopter Crashes" in St Peter's Square. 

In agreement with you Momac that the star of the movie was Rome itself, we had only just got back from a week there when we saw this, so it was very fresh in our minds, a stunning city indeed.

Overall, and I don't think this will surprise anyone, not a film I would recommend!

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After having the disc languish on top of the blu-ray player for 2 weeks, we finally got around to watching World War Z (I pronouce it Zed). It was quite good. I missed out on a lot of the build up and hype, so felt I could view it for what it was. I thought it a nice cross over between virus and zombie films.

 

As a result of the long delay, we have taken the decison to cancel our LoveFilm subscription. Since the littel one came along we really don't get the time to watch as many films as we used to and we aren't getting good value out of the service... How grown up and boring. Oh, well. When she's a bit older I should have a huge list of films I want to watch!

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Caught you at last Krey20.  :ph34r:  Just to ask who's crying now?  I don't know where your team is, but mine's at the top of the table! :lol:

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Caught you at last Krey20.  :ph34r:  Just to ask who's crying now?  I don't know where your team is, but mine's at the top of the table! :lol:

That did make me smile. I'm guessing this is a football conersation we've had before? I'll do my best not to keep this sort of banter going, as it's an inappropriate thread....

 

 

 

 

 

... There's only one way to travel from the top though.

But my team certainly won't be troubling the top spot... this season at least.

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That did make me smile. I'm guessing this is a football conversation we've had before? I'll do my best not to keep this sort of banter going, as it's an inappropriate thread....

Guilty for that, but just too happy to see you're back with us, if only occasionally, now that you are otherwise engaged on the home front.

Actually, so happy that I forgot to add about the film I have just seen on a tv (old) movie channel ...

... Slumdog Millionaire. I really liked it.  :clap:  I had no idea it was so action-packed and dramatic. The child actors were beautiful and brilliant. India is beautiful and brilliant, but scary. I admit I was dreading the song-and-dance routine (okay, so I know it wasn't coming), but when it did come, I had to smile. This is definitely a movie I would see again.

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We saw "American Hustle" today and it was very good. Excellent acting by everyone, but Christian Bale was particularly good. He just disappears into his parts.

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Yesterday we watched Toy Story 3. Never having seen this one before RG and I found it extremely entertaining. It really is an old fashioned family film.

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