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« Reply #15 on: Jan 06, 2007, 11:04:29 PM »

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Also saw The Pursuit of Happyness, which has such a happy ending.
Huh? Huh... *Throws yellow flag on field*
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 06, 2007, 11:43:27 PM »

Four Brothers: Enjoyable, yet forgettable. A nice car chase, though.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 07, 2007, 07:28:45 AM »

Saw Rocky Balboa yesterday. Very good movie, and it has way more in common with the first film than any of the others, which is a big plus in my book.

Also saw The Pursuit of Happyness, which has such a happy ending. I was surprised how caught up I was in the story.

I agree with both. Balboa was the best since the first. Extremely moving, well acted and directed. And Happyness just proves what a dynamite actor Smith can be.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 07, 2007, 08:40:13 PM »

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Also saw The Pursuit of Happyness, which has such a happy ending.
Huh? Huh... *Throws yellow flag on field*
I'm not sure I follow. Do you disagree, or have I spoiled something?
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 07, 2007, 10:20:10 PM »

I haven't seen the movie, nor have I watched many trailers on it. I like to go in (or watch on DVD) somewhat surprised. IMO giving away the ending without the *spoiler* note, which is what you did, is a no-no.
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 08, 2007, 08:41:30 AM »

Sorry zenje, I should have included a warning. I guess I figured since it's based on a true story and a best-selling book, the ending was spoiled well before the film hit theatres. Regardless, I hate when stuff gets spoiled for me, so I shouldn't have made the assumption.

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« Reply #21 on: Jan 08, 2007, 11:19:27 AM »

It's cool man, I just wanted to make some noise. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 08, 2007, 05:07:06 PM »

Critters: Rules (don';t remember if I already posted this one)

Critters 2: The Main Course: Some lame attempts at humor via silly music and shit (hate that), but mainly a solid horror/comedy. Critters 3 is up tonight.
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 09, 2007, 08:07:25 AM »

LOL. I remember when I was on a Critters kick. Even watched Part 3 (with Leonardo DiCaprio) and Part 4 (in space!).

Anyway, I watched Open Range last night on my HD DVR. Wow. Beckmen, I challenge you to come to my house to watch this movie... it looked amazing!

As for the movie, excellent. Costner has found his territory -- the western. He and Duvall turn in powerful performances, and the film ends up being more of a portrait of these men, than a Hollywood film. Dialogue is given without much "Hollywood" emphasis, and the actions scenes are filmed matter of factly. I remember Movie Freak saying he really enjoyed this film when it first came out, and now I know why. A wonderful film. ***1/2
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 09, 2007, 09:09:28 AM »

I agree. I think Open Range is right up there with Unforgiven in terms of one of the great modern westerns.
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 09, 2007, 09:36:37 AM »

Critters 3: Not quite as good as the first two. Actually, not as good at all. But I have seen far worse movies, especially direct-to-video ones.
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« Reply #26 on: Jan 11, 2007, 12:54:33 AM »

Critters 4: Worst of the series, not even Brad Dourif could save it. Only a few cool scenes.

Carnivale: The Complete Series: Damned good show. Nice continuity arcs and stuff, you don't usually see well thought-out arcs in HBO shows but this one had it in droves. Little scenes or plots that seemed trivial in the first season suddenly have all this weight once you've seen the whole series, everything seems connected to the over-all plot. Really good writing, IMO. Too bad it was canned without a conclusion. Sad

PS: Posts on this forum seem to have dropped off? Is everybody bored ALREADY, or what?
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« Reply #27 on: Jan 11, 2007, 10:24:09 AM »

I'm a big Carnivale fan as well. The last rumor I heard was that they were going to finish off the story in a series of graphic novels. Outside of an HBO revival, I'd be down with that alternative.
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« Reply #28 on: Jan 11, 2007, 10:54:46 AM »

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Little scenes or plots that seemed trivial in the first season suddenly have all this weight once you've seen the whole series, everything seems connected to the over-all plot.
You just described all the dramatic HBO shows I've seen; The Wire, Rome, 6 feet under, Deadwood and ofcourse, Carnivale.
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 11, 2007, 06:50:30 PM »

How is that true of The Wire? I am only 3 episodes into the second season, but I never witnessed any cool plot links/twists like Carnivale has. Same of Six Feet Under, too and I have seen the whole series. Granted, SFU is one of the best shows ever, but I can't really recall ever going "Oh, so THAT's what that scene last season was all about!" like I kept doing in Carnivale.
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