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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2004 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What he said about Troy
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Day After Tomorrow...It blows. It rains. It floods. It snows. I'm bored. The end.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soul Plane Forget what I said about New York Minute being the worst of the year. That honor goes to this film. The easiest jokes, the worst portrayal of stereotypes, Tom Arnold taking top billing...the fact that the movie isn't funny seems to be the least of its problems. Just depressing.

Raising Helen Saw this after Soul Plane and was getting hungry. Every character in this movie carries around a plate of food, so I left about half-way through to go fill my stomach. Leftover Olive Garden...mmmmmmmmmmm......

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2004 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any of you guys see the Friday opening to HP3? Fuck, that is incredible! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! $40 million in one day. That is incredible. I thought it would be a close tie with Shrek 2 this weekend, but Potter's still got the goods. Right on!

One month down, three to go. My summer report card so far:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (A)
Shrek 2 (B+)
Saved! (B)
Troy (C-)
Stateside (D+)
Day After Tomorrow (D+)
Van Helsing (D)
New York Minute (F)
Soul Plane (F)
Raisnig Helen Walked out half way through...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great...I'll just talk amongst myself here (what else is new?).

Stepford Wives Almost good enough to recommend. Rushed, unsatisfying ending for what was otherwise a funny little movie.

Garfield Another God-awful cat movie that really isn't much of a movie. Everything about this is excruciating.

Chronicles of Riddick Contains my favorite bad line of dialogue of the summer: "This is a day of days" Laughing

Dodgeball Just not that funny. When Rip Torn is in it, funny! When he's not, it's just there and Stiller's act gets really old really quick.

The Terminal Not as sharp or satirical as I would have liked, but for what it is (Capra-corn), it's a very pleasing and funny movie.

Did everybody else just stop going altogether? I can't blame you if that's the case.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just so Collin doesn't feel alone, I watched Shrek 2 last week.

Very funny. Although my date has never seen Beauty and the Beast so some of the great jokes in the bedroom scene passed him by.

I do like Jennifer Saunders.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw Spider-Man 2 today and I liked it very much. I think the original may still be a bit better, but only by like an eyelash.

This one's got better bits of humor, but it's also kind of repetitive too. It's like Origin Story redux.

4.5 stars - A blockbuster comic-book flick with some actual depth, heart and wit.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved Spider-Man 2. Great, smart summertime entertainment. I even liked the shamelessly manipulative, soap opera terjerker The Notebook. I seriously wept at the end and I walked in with a grudge against this movie. Had no interest. The fucker got me! I also liked the tiger flick Two Brothers. You gotta admire a filmmaker who wants to tell the story of animals without the use of celebrity voice-overs. Just let the animals be animals.

But next week brings us a work of genius and it stars Will Ferrell. The trailers have been selling you the movie, but they've also been hiding it. You can't even imagine where this movie goes. It's absolutely brilliant!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

King Arthur stinks.

A bunch.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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King Arthur stinks.

A bunch.


Man, I was looking forward to it a little too. Did the PG-13 rating hurt it any?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not as much as the moronic screenplay, the hatchet-job editorial stylings and the pervasively dry acting performances did.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not as much as the moronic screenplay, the hatchet-job editorial stylings and the pervasively dry acting performances did.


Crying or Very sad

I heard that the theatrical cut got butchered from the original R-ish cut. That could have been a contributing factor to bad editing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even if the battle scenes were any better (i.e. the least bit exciting, bloody or coherent) it would still only raise it's rating by only about a half-star. A pointless exercise if there ever was one this year.

Thank the Lord for Anchorman next week. The best comedy of the year!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't seen it yet, but King Arthur looks rank. Is anyone else getting sick of the whole 'huge battles in a muddy field' thing? Braveheart started it and I don't think anything will ever top Return of the King.

And from the trailer I'm also sick of the 'rallying the troops scene'. All that guff about creating your destiny, living as free men blah blah blah...

And why did they cast Clive Owen as Arthur? He's the blandest, most charmless, wooden actor out there. Apart from Colin Firth.

And he's favourite for the next Bond apparently...[/b]
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Casting aspersions on Clive Owen?!! That hurts my feelings! I loved his turn in Bourne. Croupier did fit the 'sullen' stereotype, but as his first star turn? Quite enjoyable. The Second Sight series, which ran in the US under the PBS Mystery! banner, is marvelous. I think he's got a great deal of potential if given the right role.

This is truly sad news. I was looking forward to the movie a great deal.

And then I heard Bruckheimer was involved.

As much as I like Keira Knightly....Guinivere? Really?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree with MP's assessment of Clive Owen, and I like him a lot in "King Arthur" (which is an OK movie but with some problems). Owen's characters tend to be weary, reluctant men, guys who are obligated to do something and are very resourceful and smart about the way they do it, but who are tired of the whole thing. "Croupier" exemplified that, and it even carries through in those BMW short films he did (which are excellent, by the way, if you never saw them).

To me, that's perfect for Arthur, at least the way this movie is telling the story. He's the leader of a group of enlisted men who have to defend Britain. He'd rather go home, but he does his duty as long as he has to, and he does it well. I think he plays the part extremely well and is one of the film's best assets.
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Owen's characters tend to be weary, reluctant men, guys who are obligated to do something


Agreed.

But in King Arthur he's as wooden as a lumber-yard. I blame the terrible script and the amateurish way in which the movie was cobbled together.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't care. Clive Owen is a beautiful man.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He just bores me. He'll start talking, and within twenty seconds I've lost interest in what he's saying.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MP Bartley wrote:
He just bores me.

Agghhhh, but those eyes! That face...the hair...the accent *sigh*

I'm certain we're not looking at this from the same angle. What do you bet?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw Anchorman again last night. Still the funniest film of the year, by far. Saw it at a Lowes theater (Woodridge). On our way out, ushers were handing out free samples of Advil. I'm not sure why. I suggested they give them out to people who went to see White Chicks, but they ignored me. I asked why they were handing them out and if it was only for that movie, but all I got was "We only do it sometimes." Ooookay. Right idea, wrong movie.

My girlfriend and I stopped at the theater playing King Arthur and left our free samples there. By the way, not a very good movie. It's got Bruckheimer all over it. Dumbed down, derivative and completely devoid of depth. It's not even a good showcase for Keira Knightly, who doesn't show up for a whole hour. Even after that, we have to wait a whole other 30 minutes before she puts on that skimpy little outfit with the pained-in cleavage. Silly movie. Sorry, Jerry, there can be only one King.

Loews has also been in the habit of showing movies on thrsday nights at midnight before the friday openings. This past week, they had midnight screenings of Anchorman and Sleep Over. Why the hell would you screen a movie like that at midnight when it's past the curfew of its target audience (10-14 year-old girls)? Awful movie. Not quite as repugnant as New York Minute, but that's not saying much. Ick.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Agghhhh, but those eyes! That face...the hair...the accent *sigh*

I'm certain we're not looking at this from the same angle. What do you bet?



Oh....I'd bet quite a bit we're definitely not on the same angle Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BAHAHAHAheeeheeeheehhooohooohoohahahaha...

Whew

Pfffffffttttbbbwwaahhhhaahaaahaaahaahaaahaaa (omg the laughter hurts) hahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

(What movie did I just see?)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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