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#2129 - 01/27/10 08:48 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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I saw Up in the Air last weekend. I liked it very much -- except for the real-people interviews. Even had I not known they were real (though having heard it, I couldn't un-know it), I think I would have found them a breach in the otherwise consistent and convincing tone of the movie.

I always smile when I see that Jason Bateman has been given a juicy secondary role such as he had here, and Amy Morton (a Steppenwolf actress now a favorite of mine, having seen her stand out among the superb cast of August: Osage County on Broadway) had a nice real quality as the sister. Melanie Lynskey has become familiar to me this year -- this is her third movie I've seen in just a few months, following on The Informant! and Away We Go. In the latter, I'm embarrassed to say, until I read the final credits I thought she was Megan Mullalley, miraculously made to look much younger.

For me, one section of the movie went well beyond my general "Not great, but liked it quite a lot" reaction: the quiet conversation among Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and (especially) Vera Farmiga in the hotel lobby. That was just marvelous. Both in the writing and in the acting, that was one of those sequences that somehow catches a spark and is lifelike but even better. Its aftermath when they all crash a party was also great fun, but it was the conversation (and more especially Farmiga's share) that I would call really beautiful.

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#2130 - 02/02/10 08:11 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
Rita Offline


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I've guess you've all heard the Best Picture category of the Oscars has been expanded to include ten nominees?

Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

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#2131 - 02/03/10 08:56 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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(Resurfacing after a long time) District 9?

Did any of you watch that, and if so what did you think? My husband and I watched it the other night and while I think the underlying story was good and the concept was worth developing, the underlying symbolism (placing it in South Africa, making Wikus such a cheerleader for the military at first, etc) was way, way too heavy-handed for me.

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#2132 - 02/03/10 03:40 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Hey, Mary! Long time no see.

I haven't seen District 9, but already it's the controversial nominee on the list. That and Up, which I think is also nominated for some best animation award? That's where it belongs. A couple of people told me District 9 collapses at the end, bang-bang stuff instead of a real resolution.

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#2133 - 02/03/10 07:21 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Oh, sort of. The ending leaves you with, at best, hope for the aliens in the long run and for Wikus. But for most of the aliens in the camp, and for the humans who treated them so badly? Not. I do think the concept was good, but the execution was not that great. A rewrite, about 60% less gore and shooting, and you'd have a movie.

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#2134 - 02/04/10 03:25 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Oh gosh. I liked it.

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#2135 - 02/04/10 04:05 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
Mary Offline
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Well, you're not obligated to agree with me, Austin!

I just don't think it deserves Best Picture.

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#2136 - 02/05/10 10:25 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Oh, I agree with THAT. Too many other movies on that list that are better. I'm wondering if the Avatar craze is fading enough to give another film a chance.

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#2137 - 03/11/10 12:58 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Anyone else see Alice in Wonderland? Once I got over the shock of seeing "Tim Burton" and "Walt Disney" linked together, I saw it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Witty, fast-moving, and of course extraordinary to look at. The same advanced computer technology as in Avatar, used in very clever ways. Some few lines are inaudible, mostly spoken too fast. Not a great film, but it doesn't pretend to be. A pleasant couple of hours.

Speaking of the new computer technology, I read that it's now being developed for television. I wonder how much the cable and satellite companies will charge for that.

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#2138 - 03/11/10 03:45 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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I've been somewhat put off it by two things. The reviews weren't too good, but I don't trust reviewers. More seriously, the idea of conflating Wonderland and Looking-Glass - quite different worlds - really doesn't appeal at all, and the framing device seems rather pointless. I'll wait until it appears on TV.

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