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2006-05-03, 10:56

Well, the new 007 "Casino Royale" trailer is out:

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale

Thoughts? Opinions?

I think it looks kinda neat. A far cry from the Bond we know and expect...but maybe, just maybe, that's a good thing?

This guy looks like he might kill you just for looking at him.

I'll certainly see it. Looks exciting...that crane jump is quite eyecatching!
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2006-05-03, 11:00

It's very nice and crisp..

From the trailer it seemed as if they are trying to make hiim a little darker... and the movie in general.. That would be nice.. We have re-runs over here at the moment and I am getting a bit saddened by how camp James Bond movies look.

I think a new crisp, and a bit rough, while still suave look, would be a nice way to go..

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2006-05-03, 11:14

Looks good. I like the dark, tough guy style (a bit undone by that banana-hammock, light blue swimming suit, but .... ).

Everyone always slams the original Casion Royale. I remember enjoying it some odd Saturday night 15 years ago (nursing a Friday night hangover). Am I the only one?
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2006-05-03, 11:23

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Thoughts? Opinions?

I think it looks kinda neat. A far cry from the Bond we know and expect...but maybe, just maybe, that's a good thing?
Oh my. I like it very much. Say whatever you will about Daniel Craig, but I think he's going to make a fantastic Bond.
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2006-05-03, 12:00

I do agree. I'm certainly warming to the idea, blonde or not. He certainly looks like someone you wouldn't want to monkey around with...and that's an aspect of the character that's been missing for a good while, I think (Moore, and, in some ways, Brosnan, always struck me as a bit too GQ and polished)

I could really enjoy this, I believe.

I thought they might darken his hair up a bit, for the sake of tradition/continuity...but it doesn't bother me like I thought it would. If he does a good job as a believable, grounded and bad-ass Bond, I'll be more than thrilled. And happy just to see a good, exciting flick come November.
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2006-05-03, 12:24

Anybody with a "license to kill" should be menacing, like early Connery, (Dalton had the quality but the films were rehashes) not a poof like Moore or a pretty boy like Brosnan.
This looks like a fresh start.

If Bond gets on any kind of skis, I am sooo gone.

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2006-05-03, 12:28

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If Bond gets on any kind of skis, I am sooo gone.


I know. It's in EVERY Bond movie, it seems...a chase on snow-skis.

Also, I don't want to see this idiot SCUBA diving or using some mini-sub either. Or bad guys with machine guns mounted to dirt bikes. Or sharks with lasers on their hea...oh, wait.

(that's the other "in every Bond movie" cliché I wouldn't mind seeing done away with)

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2006-05-03, 13:26

Here's another favorite one: Albert Brooks in Lost in America. Truly a classic with a lot of great lines, but my favorite part of the movie is when they run at of money and move into the trailer park in Arizona. Albert Brooks is in the unemployment office dialoguing with the officer. At one point, the guy says:

"Let me look through my $100.000 a year job file."

If you haven't seen the money, the above it probably not funny. But for any one whom has, the give and take between this guy and Albert Brooks actually hurt my stomache the first time I saw the movie.
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2006-05-06, 17:16

Just returned from a matinee showing of "Mission Impossible: III".

An okay flick, perfectly acceptable for a rainy/cloudy weekend matinee for $5 or so...

Some neat stunts and sequences (one involving breaking in to the Vatican ), but nothing we haven't seen before in these big, loud summer action flicks. Elements of the second one, "True Lies", "The Thomas Crown Affair" and a few other movies seemed to make their way into this one.

Didn't suck, but isn't anything I'm going to carry with me a few days from now either. It is what it is. Go into it with that attitude (and a cheaper matinee showing) and you'll be okay.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman makes a pretty cool villain, although he's not in it as much as you'd assume. He doesn't do much, but delivers some creepy, sinister lines.

Oh, and "Felicity" herself, Ms. Keri Russell is in it...looking quite delicious, and, frankly, quite like a certain Aussie ex of Mr. Cruise's...

It should go without saying, but don't read the following if you don't want to know a spoiler or two (if you click it and learn things you didn't want to, I don't want to hear any crap...it's in a spoiler tag for a reason...

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She was only in the first segment and died quite early into the movie...but I couldn't help but think if this was some sort of in-joke or statement: her resemblence to Nicole Kidman was striking at times...and then she gets offed in a fairly gruesome manner. Was Tom letting us in to his head a bit? Hmmm...

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2006-05-06, 19:13

I saw a great great movie on Showtime today called Off the Map, Starring Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, & the aforementioned J.K. Simmons. (Thank You For Not Smoking & Spiderman & the Shrink in Law & Order)

A self sufficient family in New Mexico with the dad (Elliott) suffering from a debilitating bout of depression.
Simmons plays the friend of Elliott and it's a really great, subtle performance, he's become my favorite character actor.
The story is told by the daughter (Amy Brenneman as the grown up narrator & Valentina De Angelas as the young version) in retrospect, Joan Allen is the mom that manages to hold everything together, she's made to look ordinary but her light really shimmers in this movie, she's just tremendous.
Anyway their life changes when an IRS agent shows up because they haven't filed a return in seven years.
He gets stung by a bee and never leaves......

It's quite an extraordinary movie, beautifully written and filmed on location in "The Land of Enchantment".
There is a sunset scene with the IRS man (played by Jim True Frost) that just blew me away.
It was directed by Campbell Scott and you should put it in your NetFlix queue.

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2006-05-06, 23:09

Off The Map is great.
One of those films that I would have never seen except for work.

You'll put it in your Netflix cue, then you'll buy it for your collection.
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2006-05-07, 00:35

Curiosity got the better of me, and I viewed Flight 93. Part of me wanted to avoid this movie as I wasn't sure what the implications of this movie monetizing horrific events were. Another part of me just couldn't resist curiosity about the treatment. As this has already been discussed, I'd like to add some comments to what others have said, for what it is worth.
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I will probably see this movie too; however, I wonder if it is still too soon for a movie about this.
I had thought this at first too, but it has been almost five years. That seemed to be a good amount of time. I was wrong. People in the movie theater cried, shook and trembled. I haven't been in such an intense room in a long time.

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Regardless of how you portray the "bad guys", they are sill the "bad guys" and already received judgement in the eyes of the American public several years ago.
Are you objecting to the portrayal of the hijackers, or Middle Easterns in general. If you are talking about Middle Easterns in general, I am with you. The hijackers, however, are bad guys. Based on what evidence has been left by these particular men, including their support network, these men killed in the name of GOD.

I'll say it again. These men killed in the name of GOD. Killing in the name of God is, in my view, indefensible regardless of how unfairly a group may have been treated by the west. Middle Easterns have legitimate issues with The United States of America, but then again so do Canadians, the British, French, Mexicans, Cubans and all other citizens of Earth, including Americans. I just want to be clear that once you and your associates actively take the lives of several thousand people who are after nothing more then vacuming, serving soda, working on an intership, going home to see their family etc. you are a bad guy. Granted some who died were part of the global finance community who profit handsomely with the plight of others, taking their lives is out of control, and taking the others with them, a line must be drawn. I don't know that we disagree, but I wasn't sure.

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Right now, people still need to heal, not be reminded with a part-fictional dramatization of the people and events that started a series of actions that brought the deaths of thousands (not just those in the airplanes and in the WTC and Pentagon).
You are so right about this. People do need to, and are healing. It will take a long time with thousands dead. Thouands of people dead on one day in the safest city in the United States. Hundreds more elsewhere. When I was very young New York was a city with a major problem. So much progress has been made in New York and people felt safe. The fragility of that was shown that day.

A major impediement to healing is other less important but ever present damage. I think more class A office space was lost in one day then is in the entire city of Cleveland (I lost my citation, which is why I am qualifing). Imagine knowing something as strong as an 11 million square foot complex is above you when you get off of your train (the WTC PATH station). Now just think about what an ever present reminder it must be when a six story hole is what you see out of the train window now. Can you think of a stonger reminder of the temporary nature of existence?

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Note also that the reporter who wrote that article didn't mention interviewing or polling any Muslims or other middle-eastern-looking minorities living in the USA. That's pretty convenient.
I thought this was an interesting observation, and I would like to share an experience on the parking deck that relates to this. After the movie, after the crying, after the shaking, after a woman had to be taken away because she missed her son so much, I sat in my seat for a while. Others did too, just in silence. Eventually I headed out to my car. I walked past two women. Both appeared to be middle-aged. One was white, and one was "middle-eastern-looking." As I was passing, staring straight down at my feet I had this conversation:

White woman: What did you think?
Me: To tell you the truth?
White woman: Yes
Me: I am really sorry I went to see this
MEL woman: I was just saying the same thing, why did you say this?
Me: I felt a lot of things today I haven't felt in a long time
MEL: Anger, hate, vengeance
Me: Yes
MEL: Me too, I wasn't ready. I don't like how I feel right now.

There is a great line in The Muppets Take Manhattan where the diner guy states "Peoples is Peoples." We are different and the same at the same time. It is powerful sometimes. Having the appearance she does in the area she is in, she must have had some rough experiences over the last four and a half years. She felt the same anger that may at times be misdirected towards her.

I think peoples ability to get something out of this movie depends on many factors. Some may have had a healthy distance, and all of their people may have been okay. Some may been in that situation, and taken this hard. Some may have lost a lot. Some even lost everything. If your relationship to this bit of history is anything like mine, and if you still haven't fully made peace with it, do not go see this movie unless you like to be filled with anger, rage, hatred, even bloodlust, and quiet frankly, a bit of guilt.

In the end this isn't about race, color, religion or any of that. This is about misguided, misdirected fuck-heads, and you can quote me on that.

EDIT: I got kinda caught up in that, and missed some things I wanted to say. If you can get something out of this movie, then do so. Just be advused, this can be very real facition. As I was on my way to bed I remebered one of my favorie TBT (trite but true) sayings; The best revenge is living a good life.

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2006-05-07, 01:31

Thank you for sharing your experiences regarding the movie, hiltond.
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2006-05-07, 15:06

Yes, thank you for your very thoughtful comments, hiltond.

I think it's interesting to consider that you live in New Jersey, and are much more likely to be in a group of theater-goers who were personally affected by 9/11.

I wonder if viewers across the country would weep, shake and tremble during the movie as you described?

I am SO torn about seeing this film. On the one hand, I really, really want to see it, for the reasons I gave earlier in this thread. On the other, I'm truly afraid that I might feel traumatized again. Frankly, I don't relish the thought of voluntarily inviting emotionally traumatizing events into my life at the present time.

After reading about your intense reactions, I feel even more doubtful about going. What a classic approach-avoidance situation. Sheesh.

However, I think it's a 51-49 toss-up that I 'will' go in the next week or two. I never expected such wavering on my part.
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2006-05-07, 15:32

You could wait until it's on video, then rent it and watch at your own pace. If it gets too intense you can pause it and calm down before continuing.
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2006-05-08, 20:30

So I went and saw Final Destination 3 the other day with a group of about 25 mates....

Most of them were like..."oh final destination, its so crap, you KNOW everyone is going to die"
To which i respond "THAT is the whole point, that's why you see them, to see the new and interesting ways in which the characters die!"

Anyway, me and a couple of the guys decided that we'd laugh and clap at every death (a little morbid i know, but he is "gothic")

Must say some of the kills were very good, some I couldn't bring myself to clap at...they were just too wrong.

But the point is if you like the Final Destination films, go see it. IMO it was the best of the 3. I found the intro very creepy because I am terrified of rollercoaster and lets just say the intro didnt really help that!

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2006-05-18, 20:07

http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/wtc/medium.html

The trailer itself brought me to tears. Looks like they're taking the United 93 approach. I hope it is as good as United 93 and doesn't stray off course.

EDIT: This will also be more to the facts then United 93 was. As United 93 had what that persons take of what happened on Flight 93 based on what the black box had on it and what the controllers observed. What happened at the WTC, is well documented and have many witnesses and survivors to call upon and see what happened. And not foggy like United 93 was.

giggity

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2006-05-18, 20:31

Thanks for sharing your experience Hiltond, I don't think that I'm going to go see the movie - not sure.
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2006-05-18, 21:57

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Wow.

Hollywood profiteering truly knows no bounds.
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2006-05-18, 22:07

Brokeback WTC.
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2006-05-18, 22:19

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http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/wtc/medium.html

The trailer itself brought me to tears....
Exploiting the WTC tragedies makes baby Jesus cry.
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2006-05-19, 02:48

Quagmire: your name describes the morality of that trailer. It's a while since I've seen something quite so cheap and hackneyed.
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2006-05-19, 09:22

Has anyone seen the Discovery Channel's TV movie The Flight that Fought Back? If so, did it seem like it paid respect to the passengers and so on?
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Brokeback WTC.
That is offensive on so many levels...and I shouldn't laugh...but....fuck it...

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2006-05-20, 01:02

The Da Vinci Code

I really liked this adaptation. I read the book and found Dan Brown's style to be a bit much for me. This version has a lot more flow IMHO. The visual style is a bit gimmicky at some points, but mot offensively so. Ian McKellen is great in this movie. He is just over the top enough (if that makes any sense).

Overall I give this movie two snaps and a twirl.
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Sorry, couldn't help myself

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2006-05-20, 21:36

Somewhere in the bowels of AppleNova I am on record as having expressed an impatience to see Michael Haneke's latest film, Caché (Apple trailer here). I finally did watch it, and it is a powerful film.

Caché is sometimes described as a horror film, but the fact that I watched it to the end proves it is no such thing. It is instead a deeply absorbing character study that demands of the viewer a thoughtful contribution; it is an analysis of the nature of the marital relationship, described through the lives of a haute-bourgeois couple; it is a cry of anguish at unresolved postcolonial guilt, and blame; and it is above all a masterful lesson in cinematic form, on a par with anything Hitchcock created. For all these reasons it is incredibly interesting to watch.

Like many New Wave films, Caché is laden with symbolism, some of it quite subtle. At one point we are shown, in disturbing detail, the beheading of a rooster by an axe-wielding Algerian child (controversially, a real chicken was beheaded for this scene). The luckless bird flaps around for endless seconds in a chaotic manner which leaves one in no doubt as to the origin of the idiom "running around like a headless chicken". Elsewhere in the film the same cock is described as a "nasty bird, evil, always attacking us". But of course we are not explicitly told that the cock is an unofficial mascot of France: the viewer must know this to gain meaning from these scenes. I noticed several other examples, but undoubtedly missed some too.

Caché is a demanding film, because it raises issues we are usually reluctant to deal with. It is challenging to understand, because so much vital information is imparted by stylistic devices such as cuts and compositions, and, once understood, it becomes challenging on a moral level. There are moments of awful intensity such as the highly charged interracial dispute near the beginning, and moments of poignancy that are left hanging in the air for minutes afterwards, always above the underlying suspense which is never fully dispelled. Caché is a very relevant film that you should watch if you are not averse to art that lingers in your mind for days.
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2006-05-23, 00:04

X2 had IMHO some of the best bits of eye candy I've ever watched. The opening of the movie
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where Nightcrawler was assaulting the White House was incredible.
As such I am very excited about its release this Friday. I have a strong preference for opening day midnight showings but since Loews and AMC have merged, my local theatre no longer has these.

I completely avoided rumors, previews, teaser for this movie for a long time but
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When I stopped at the gas station, the woman in the store wouldn't stop telling me about how bad the reviews have been.


I hope that the new one is good. I wish Bryan Singer would have finished the trilogy, but maybe the new director will pull it off. Nobody could really blame Singer for taking the Superman job.
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The Da Vinci Code

I really liked this adaptation. I read the book and found Dan Brown's style to be a bit much for me. This version has a lot more flow IMHO. The visual style is a bit gimmicky at some points, but mot offensively so. Ian McKellen is great in this movie. He is just over the top enough (if that makes any sense).

Overall I give this movie two snaps and a twirl.
I saw this last night.

I had 'not' read the book. And the fact that the film had been getting reviews saying it was boring really ratcheted-down my expectations.

But I went anyway, expecting it to be boring. I didn't think it was at all, really. I liked seeing London, and imagined myself walking down those streets ( ).

If I hadn't read so much about the movie ahead of time, I think I would have enjoyed the story more, and felt more suspense. Normally I 'completely' avoid reading about films I intend to see; but when this one started getting sucky reviews, then I went ahead and read stuff, cuz I thought I might not bother seeing it.

The thing that made me shake my head the most was...

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...the way Silas was flagellating/torturing himself, and digging a metal leg-bracelet-with-studs deeply into his leg to increase his suffering/penance. God, what a lot of nonsense all that stuff is/was. I was raised in that church, and all I can say is "good riddance" to its departure from my life. No offense to those with other viewpoints, please.


Yeah, I agree. Ian M. was exceptionally good.

I liked that big French guy too. He was so intensely bad at first, that I really liked it when he...
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I'd rate the movie... hmm... oh, I guess 7.0.
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