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Every two weeks, like we've done for the past 6 rounds. 18 46.15%
Every three weeks, like we did for the rounds before that. 6 15.38%
Doesn't seem to matter, I rush last minute, anyway. 15 38.46%
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #8776
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this. I don't remember what was in the trailers, just that I was disinterested by them. The movie opens up with how a sequel to Armegeddon might start had the crews of the shuttles failed horribly. Steve Carell is in his car with his (real life) wife when they hear the news that the Earth will be destroyed in 3 weeks and to stay tuned for updates...and to hear "all your favorite classic rock tunes." Then "Wouldn't it Be Nice" by the Beach Boys starts as his wife bolts the hell out of the car. Suddenly, I knew I was in for a good trip.

Unfortunately, this would be my favorite joke of the movie. The first half of the film is a dark, perfectly-tuned comedy, while the second half is a bit more of a romantic-drama which didn't settle as well with me. It didn't hurt the film, but it wasn't as good. There's a couple of sweet scenes such as the time they come across a beach of people who are at peace with the end of times. More than that, they seem to be living better than we ever have. There's also a good line where Carell says "You were the love of my life" to Keira Knightley's character. (Who turned out to not be as annoying as I had feared.)

I was a bit dissapointed with the ending. It was funny how earlier in the movie I was thinking there would be a mistake and the world wouldn't be destroyed, but as the film goes on it seemed much more likely the world really would end. I wasn't dissapointed with the choice they made, but instead of how dark it was when the world ended. There's a difference between a dark comedy and a movie where a person is crying because life is about to be extinguished. This would have been solved most easily by having both Carell and Knightley being at peace and happy to have met each other.

Overall, I would recommend it, but mostly for the many great laughs in the first half.

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I'm glad you liked it, but I actually pretty much loved it. I figured you'd appreciate all the dark humor, and while I see your point about the ending, I still thought it worked. Personally, if it had ended with there being a last-minute way the world was saved, I would've thought that cheap. I'm glad that the writers didn't chicken out that way.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #8777
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Oh, and JBond, if you say you understood it after the first time, then respectfully: bull. ****.
I never said that, thank you very much.

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I'm glad you liked it, but I actually pretty much loved it. I figured you'd appreciate all the dark humor, and while I see your point about the ending, I still thought it worked. Personally, if it had ended with there being a last-minute way the world was saved, I would've thought that cheap. I'm glad that the writers didn't chicken out that way.
Just to be clear, I didn't think it should chicken out at the end. I'm saying it looked like it would when it was still a goofy comedy, but once it got more serious it looked like it wouldn't...nor did I really want it to.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #8778
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I never said that, thank you very much.
Just making sure. I think I recall this being in your All-Time Top 50 Science Fiction Movies, and while I didn't react so strongly this time, it definitely has that feel of a movie that gets better the more you watch it.
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Yeah, I put it pretty high. 9th place, I think.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #8780
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Glad you liked Unforgiven, Hollywood. It's one of my all time favs, although your rating is off by about half a star in case you did that on accident.

Watched Moonrise Kingdom tonight, will post review tomorrow morning.
Glad you liked my recommendation as well. For the half off point i felt it was a little slow in middle on unforgiven but not too bad. But very close to 5 stars. If makes it better i rate it 4 and 3/4 out of 5. Moonrise Kingdom was actually my first Wes Anderson movie of his. Never seen Royal Tenenbaums film that you mentioned but always hear good things about it.

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I plan on watching mine tonight, so I'll probably have it up tomorrow morning.
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I doubt I'll be able to see my film this round. I've been unable to find a copy of any of my films either physically or online.
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I doubt I'll be able to see my film this round. I've been unable to find a copy of any of my films either physically or online.
If you live by a redbox they have A Separation on there. And it's a really good movie, too!
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #8784
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I'll be a little late, so we can move on if you want, Jibbs. I'm in for next round as well.
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We're also waiting on Dracula.
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I'm going to have to sit out for the next few rounds. Dhamon, I'm really sorry I never got around to seeing any of your recommendations. When I do finally see one I'll let you know.
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Oslo, August 31st (2012)
I expected a lot from this sophomore effort from the Norwegian director Joachim Trier, and while the film isnít necessarily the terrific leap forward that I was expecting, it is still a strong piece of work. The film is a lot different from Trierís debut film, Reprise, which was a much more energetic and almost Danny Boyle-esque film made by a hungry young wunderkind. Oslo, August 31st is a slower, some would say more mature, film about a young man taking a short trip to Oslo after having undergone a rehab treatment program. As we watch this character meet old friends and experience progress and setbacks we begin to get a good picture of what his life was like before rehab and how he got to this point. The film is steeped in melancholy and is filmed very well and has some good acting. However, Iím growing a bit tired of these arthouse movies where we watch people going through an important day in their lives. This format is certainly unique from Hollywood fare, but I donít know that itís all that creative when compared to the wider selection of world-cinema. Still, this film tells such a story more effectively than most, so it deserves credit just the same.
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I'm going to have to sit out for the next few rounds. Dhamon, I'm really sorry I never got around to seeing any of your recommendations. When I do finally see one I'll let you know.
I watched Klown and House of Pleasures on Netflix Instant if you have that. Sorry man, please let me know what you think if you do track one down.
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I watched Klown and House of Pleasures on Netflix Instant if you have that. Sorry man, please let me know what you think if you do track one down.
I don't have netflix, and even if I did I'd be stuck with the less impressive Canadian netflix. I'll definitely share my thoughts when I finally see one of your recommendations. I've been interested in A Separation for a while now.
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I'll watch mine tonight, so I'll have it up this evening.
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ROUND 126

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Dracula - Hollywood
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The due date for Round 126 wil be Monday, December 3rd, 2012.

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:57 AM   #8792
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Reds (1981)

I finally watched it and I'm very happy that I did. A brilliantly well-acted piece of drama. Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty have great chemistry. Though I often felt like a lot was being glossed over with their relationship, yet it still felt very real and alive, but more episodic than it needed to be. But I suppose that's to be expected when you're chronicling a very tumultuous time in history.

Beatty's direction is competent. I would have liked to have seen a little more from him, because it felt a little too standard. I didn't realize how long it was until I started it on Netflix, but it hardly felt like 3 hours. However, the 3rd act does drag a little bit, but the build up is very energetic and entertaining--it flies by. "Reds" also serves as a good overview of the rise of the Bolsheviks, so there's that, too. I'd highly recommend it.

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I've seen the others, so Frailty.

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As it so happens, I have a copy of Arsenic and Old Lace lying around the house that I've yet to watch, so I'll go with that.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:43 PM   #8796
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Dracula

Moonrise Kingdom

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Duck Soup (1933)
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I'll do Project Nim, I've been meaning to check that out.

For you:

House of Pleasures

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Never seen Falling Down, I'll go with that I guess.

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Dracula, i am gona go with The Interrupters
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