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    Saw Man Of Steel last week, I would give it a solid "Meh".

    I was excited to see it, left me rather unimpressed.

  2. #32
    Despicable Me 2. Decent...some cheap laughs, but i thought it'd be better.

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    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    I've seen more movies than usual lately. Quick comments:

    "Man of Steel:" I always like Superman movie but this one gets a B-. I liked the variations on the Superman legend, but thought the fight scenes were interminably boring.

    "World War Z:" I really liked this one. A smart sci-fi/apocalypse movie. Exciting too. I recommend it.

    "Star Trek: Into Darkness:" Best Star Trek Movie yet.

    "The Way, Way Back:" See my post from last night. I predict Oscar nominations.

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    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

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  4. #34
    Some movies I have seen recently:

    Another Thin Man (1939) starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Virginia Grey.

    I like old movies, and the Thin Man movies are fantastic -- Powell and Loy are brilliant! -- so get over it. If the story is good and the acting is good, and etc, why should it matter when it was made or if it is in black and white or color?

    Anyway, in this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "The Farewell Murder", Nick and Nora (plus Nick Jr. and their dog Asta) visit the estate of Col. MacFay, who is being threatened by a mysterious man wanting revenge for a past injustice. When MacFay is murdered, that man is the obvious suspect -- maybe too obvious.

    --

    Appaloosa (2008) starring Ed Harris, Vigo Mortensen and Renee Zelweger

    Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow. Excellent.

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    The Singing Nun (1966) starring Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban and Greer Garson.

    Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann's path takes a detour when the order's Father Clementi hears Sister Ann sing. He believes Sister Ann should record her music, this leads to a hit record and an appearance on Ed Sullivan. The story is loosely based on the life of Jeanine Deckers who, as Soeur Sourire ("Sister Smile"), had a #1 pop hit in America with "Dominique". "For some people," Father Clementi tells us, "joy is like a bird soaring above the clouds, it cannot be earthbound." Excellent.

    --

    Boys Town (1938) starring Spencer Tracy and Micky Rooney.

    A story about Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named "Boys Town". Father Flanagan believes there is no such thing as a bad boy and spends his life attempting to prove it. He battles indifference, the legal system, and often the boys themselves, to build a sanctuary. The boys have their own government, make their own rules, and dish out their own punishment. Although the story is largely fictional, it is based upon a real man and a real place. Fantastic.

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    Midnight in Paris (2011) starring Owen Wilson; written and directed by Woody Allen.

    Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents' business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city. Excellent.

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    Lincoln (2012) starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field.

    A very good look at the last months of Lincoln's presidency and his efforts to get a constitutional amendment banning slavery.

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    Zero Dark Thirty (2012) starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Joel Edgerton.

    Excellent movie on the hunt for bin Laden. Mark Bowden (the author of Black Hawk Down) wrote in the afterward of the paperback edition of his book on the hunt for OBL, The Finish (which is also excellent, though not as good as Black Hawk Down), that this movie is mostly accurate, with just a few Hollywood discrepancies.

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    Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Very good, but when I realized that they were turning an earlier trek movie onto its head it became a bit predictable.

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    Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.

    A prequel to the Wizard of Oz telling the story of how a small-time magician became the wizard. Excellent.
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    Despicable Me 2. Decent...some cheap laughs, but i thought it'd be better.

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    We watched this and Monster's University. The first Despicable Me was so much better. The kids made the first movie and they didn't seem to play as big a role in this movie. I was disappointed in the movie.

    I really liked Monster's University. It was not as good as the first but still a good watch. My kids liked it too.

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    LAU: You already know how jealous I am that you were able to see The Way Way Back last week, since it hasn't made it to SLC yet. Did you have to post this three times on two different sites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    LAU: You already know how jealous I am that you were able to see The Way Way Back last week, since it hasn't made it to SLC yet. Did you have to post this three times on two different sites?
    It was a public service. Not everyone reads both boards, after all. Besides, I was really blown away by the movie.

    It began in limited release (a typical strategy for a movie that is not a blockbuster and need to build word-of-mouth). When it gets to SLC run, don't walk, to the theater. I bet it will show at the Broadway Theaters on 3rd South.
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    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    I didn't see you post this on the other board (utefans, right?).
    "The other board" means "the other board that is most like this one in format and origin," or TMBFKACUF.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    I was afraid of that. You don't need that board. Give us your movie reviews here and let them figure out their own issues.
    It's missionary work.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

  10. #40
    What do Jurassic Park, Groundhog Day, and Rudy have in common? Like them or not, they were all released 20 years ago. Hard to believe, right?

    Jurassic Park had some pretty impressive, groundbreaking CGI. Watch it tonight and it still looks good.
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  11. #41
    Skyfall. It sucked.

    The theme song is the worst ever. Adele?!?

    The villain was lame as hell. A former secret agent out for revenge?

    I've never seen Daniel Craig in a Bond film. I doubt I will again.
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  12. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by GarthUte View Post
    Skyfall. It sucked.

    The villain was lame as hell. A former secret agent out for revenge?

    I've never seen Daniel Craig in a Bond film. I doubt I will again.
    I agree that skyfall was terrible. The story line was ridiculous. However casino royale was one of the best bond films I have ever seen. I highly recommend that you give that one a try.

  13. #43
    I won't disagree with you about Sky fall. But you really need to watch Casino Royale. It will change your mind about Daniel Craig. The best part for you is the theme song is sung by Chris Cornell, so you needn't worry about your irrational hatred of all things Adel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestUteFan View Post
    I won't disagree with you about Sky fall. But you really need to watch Casino Royale. It will change your mind about Daniel Craig. The best part for you is the theme song is sung by Chris Cornell, so you needn't worry about your irrational hatred of all things Adel.
    Chris Cornell? The guy from that awful band Soundgarden?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    I liked Skyfall. It was at least as good at Casino Royale. Not sure what the complaints are about. Remember, this is a Bond movie. If the action is good and the girl is pretty, it's a success. If you are looking for more than that, you are looking in the wrong place. Skyfall had some good action scenes. The "home alone" theme at the end was a little silly, but the mansion on fire made for some cool shots.

    Here is a ranking of how well the "bad guy gets captured intentionally" thing is pulled off:

    1) Star Trek
    2) Skyfall/Dark Knight (tie)
    4) Averngers
    I just didn't like it. It's a matter of personal taste. Lots of folks liked it, but I didn't. Some Bond films are fun; others are not. For me, this wasn't.

    As for capturing the bad guy, I don't have a problem with what happened, but it was just the end of a dumb movie. And I haven't seen the other films you've mentioned, so I can't make a comparison.
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    Took the family to Planes last friday morning. Not opening day, but on opening week, and there were still a good number of people...

    Not Pixar's best effort, but still a fun show.

    The only downside was that we sat to a couple of old ladies complaining about how many kids were there to see it.

    :/

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    I thought Skyfall was OK, and more interesting than any Bond film I have seen in a long time. The plot got a little stretchy toward the end, but it was a Bond movie, after all.

    I thought Despicable Me 2 was pretty boring.

    RED 2 was a big disappointment too. Booooring!

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    You make a very good point. The recent Bond movies have forgotten that they are supposed to be fun. Some comic book movies have done the same thing (Marvel seems to have this figured out, but DC does not).
    You hit the nail on the head, Sancho. I've liked the Daniel Craig Bond films strictly as spy movies, but they they don't feel like Bond movies. Take away the gadgets and girls and some of the other tried-and-true Bond elements and basically what you have is a British Jason Borne. Entertaining? Sure, but not James Bond.

    Now, I will say that by the time the Dalton and Brosnan filled the role, United Artists seemed to have lost their pulse on their Bond character and he became SO gadgety and the villains became SO ridiculous that it was too over the top. Somehow they've got to find a good balance of realism and fantasy that they were hitting with Connery and Moore (and, what the heck, Lazenby); the happy medium between "Die Another Day" (stupid) and "Quantum of Solace" (boring).

  19. #49
    Craig in casino royale was excellent. The best of the new ones.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Craig in casino royale was excellent. The best of the new ones.
    Il pad, you can't get a better endorsement than the above.

  21. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    This seems to be the consensus here. I don't really get it. The scene where he returns very polished to the poker game after being poisoned was great (even though poker was a silly choice for a Bond movie), and the parkour action scene was fun. But that's pretty much it, right? Am I forgetting something memorable? I remember it having a false climax, then a kidnapping, a horrible torture scene, a betrayal, some very anti-Bond soul searching, and finally a forgettable action scene in a sinking building.

    The good scenes put it in the same class as Skyfall for me. At least everyone can agree that Quantum of Solace (what a terrible name!) was the worst of the three.
    I like movies with good story lines and believable plots. I realize that this eliminates most Bond movies. Casino Royale had a young James Bond who got beat up, made mistakes, got disciplined, had no crazy gadgets, got stung by love, and more. It was the anti-bond movie and was quite refreshing.

    By comparison, the most recent Bond movie he survives being shot and falling 100 feet into a river. Then gets no discipline for living the high life for months on end. At the end he takes on a whole crew of prepared and fully loaded bad guys out of this old house with a couple old shotguns and some home made explosives.

    I realize that they are suppose to be "fun" but casino royale was more of what i like in a movie. Just my 2 cents.

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    Watched "Admission" and "42" over the weekend. Admission was much better than I expected it to be, I enjoyed it quite a bit. 42 was an exceptional movie as well. I was trying to figure out when it was released. I'd really like to see Harrison Ford nominated for Best supporting actor for his performance.
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    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    Has anyone seen "Blue Jasmine" yet? I am determined to see it buy keep getting sidetracked.

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    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Watched A River Runs Through It last night. It has been a while, and I really enjoyed it. The scene towards the end when the boys are sitting with the dad by the riverside (after Brad Pitt's character caught the fish while going down the river) was touching. It made me want to have more similar experiences with my dad and brothers. I had forgotten how much the central theme is about family relations.
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    I watched "Leaving Las Vegas" with Nicholas Cage. I have liked the few movies I have watched him in and he won best actor for the film so I have had it on my netflix cue for a while and found some time Saturday night to watch it. It sucked. It was too long, too boring, and I just wanted him to die so the movie would end. I felt like I learned everything about his character in the first 10 minutes of the show and then just watched him drink himself to death for the next hour and half. I guess I just didn't get it.

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    "Thor, The Dark World."

    Boooorrring. But I think its intended audience will like it.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    WAY, way, way late to the party on this one, but I finally got around to seeing Argo over the weekend. Thought it was fantastic. If you haven't caught it yet, see it.

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    Catching Fire. Started a little slow for me, but I enjoyed it overall.

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    “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    Catching Fire. Started a little slow for me, but I enjoyed it overall.


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    We saw it last night and I had about the same reaction. I may have enjoyed it more if I had read the books.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by LA Ute View Post
    We saw it last night and I had about the same reaction. I may have enjoyed it more if I had read the books.
    Saw it last night as well. Entertaining enough. Maybe the best thing to come out of the franchise is the soundtracks. I just made my wife promise that they're better than Twilight, and the first two have been significantly.


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