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Old 01-01-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Question What movie are you viewing at the moment?

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as a sister thread to the famous What do you listen to at this moment? thread I introduce this thread.


I'm, looking "In the heat of the night" with a glamorous Sidney Poitier at the moment.:
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Default Pleasantville (1998)

Just finished watching Pleasantville, which I have seen several times before but was happy to watch again because its a film which rewards re-viewing.






On one level it is a sweet and charming fairy tale and works fine watched only as such. But it is also a critique of 1950s America, both the real one and the one seen on film. The references to the civil rights struggle and the associated mob violence are implied, but unmistakeable. The set in the trial scene is exactly as seen in the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird with the ''coloured'' people relegated to the upper balcony. There are also witty and sharp references to the 1950s classic sci-fi horror flic Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, especially the wonderful bowling alley scene. The life-bringing change is misinterpreted as a sinister plot to destroy the pleasant world where everything is always predictable and safe, with the ''coloured'' people as the replicant aliens in the midst of the real b/w people. The critique is also of McCarthism and right wing despotism: there is even a book burning scene in which Reese Witherspoon's Jennifer clings tearfully and touchingly to the first book she has ever, in the true sense of the words, read and appreciated, and speaks out trenchantly for decency and common humanity: my how she has grown up since being transported to Pleasantville.

I really really really like this film.

The film is packed full of superb acting performances which really flesh out the whimsy of the fantastical situation with full blooded human credibilty. William H Macy as the soap opera father is splendid as ever. Toby Maguire carries much of the film and in guiding his sister (Reese Witherspoon) into the mysteries of the Pleasantville world acts as our guide and mentor also. But my especial plaudits are reserved for the female leads.

Reese Witherspoon as Jennifer (Mary Sue Parker in the series, seen above in the blue cardigan) is perfect. She brings both beauty and hugely enjoyable wickedness to her role, enthusiastically debauching and seducing not only Skip Martin, but little by little, all the youth of the town. She doesn't sleep with all of them by any means, though it seems as though she does cut a fairly impressive swathe through the best looking young men, but she influences the town by both her subversive attitude and her enquiring mind, ironic given that in the 1990s world she was blinkered, unacademic and self-absorbed. The sequence when she relates the plot of one of the few books she happens to have been compelled to read in her real school and the dummy copy of the book becomes real as she unfolds the plot, the blank pages filling page by page, is both ingeniously done and emotionally very satisfying: we see the process of this narrow-minded and selfish girl blossoming mentally and emotionally into a much more mature and spiritually aware young woman. The screen writers can be proud of writing this excellent part and Reese Witherspoon really does justice to it. Well done her.

Plaudits also to Joan Allen as the middle-aged innocent, Betty Parker, who looks like a middle aged stay-at-home housewife from the 1950s and is yet really beautiful: you don't have to be young and dumb to be desirable. She's the one above in pink on the park bench opposite William H Macy. Betty is much quicker then most of the Pleasantville habitues to learn the new realities; the scene where Mary Sue teaches her ''mother'' about the birds and the bees is exquisitely funny and also extremely sweet and touching, leading as well to the hilarious 'flames of passion' episode. Let me also put in a good word for pretty and talented Marley Shelton as Margaret Henderson, (above in red) who is the girl who breaks character by falling in love with Bud Parker (Tobey Maguire) when the series script intends her for a High School jock who turns out, once freed from the bonds of Pleasantville pleasantness to be a thuggish rednecked worthless pig; thanks to the wind of change, Margaret can make her own choices and shows excellent judgement in throwing her cap at Tobey Maguire's character instead.

No matter what the benefits of a controlled society, these women would very much rather enjoy the freedom to make their own mistakes and are prepared to accept the responsibility of freedom. Its an uplifting message and a firm rebuke to the various crypto-fascist voices from all different directions who think women should not have the right of choice. This is the most engaging and disarming feminist production I have ever seen.

I really really really like this film. Did I mention that before?
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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Currently watching Day of the dead on itv4 , by the look of it the things not a re-make in the style of the updated Dawn of the dead but rather a low budget piss take with no style whatsoever . About 16 minutes in right now and i already understand how this one must have passed under my radar .Because if there`s anything i like it`s a good zombie film ,hell even an average one will do at a pinch. But this already comes across as a total waste of time , haven`t seen a zombie yet but some girl was grabbed and killed by one in the woods . Mind you i`m only guessing as they didn`t actually show anything , suppose the director figures he`s ranking up the tension that way ?.

Adverts have been and gone so we`re back , cue some pointless images of a sunset . So far the main leads have been identified , it`s a boy and girl soldier combo . Haven`t been bothered to retain the chicks name but the boys called Bud , which might be a homage or a sly nod to the original Day of the Dead but then am i meant to expend the energy to care ?.

They just entered a house and got spooked by a couple of stone dead corpses , blah blah and now they`re back in the car. Bud just asked the chick why her gun wasn`t loaded , she said it`s complicated , he repiled by informing us all he`s a vegetarian ............Hmmmmm i spy a future plot device on the horizon captain cliché . Wonder if he`ll get infected and turn into the worlds first veggy zombie huh , won`t that be a shocking surprise.

We`re now in a cheap looking set , i mean hospital. People are coughing and shaking , christ almighty the tension is unbearable

Zombie spotted off the starboard side !

Some fat guy in a hospital bed just went a bit wanky , then his eyes turned milky and he changed into a bloke with a really bad skin condition

Titty Nora this films so cheap they`re even using digital blood effects , a person fav of mine

Like what the fack ?, are these zombies or aren`t they ?. If so why are they super strong and super fast ?, oh i spoke too soon . As their super strength must be fleeting since one zombie was able to throw three soldiers around a hallway like they were toys,but was then unable to kick open a thin wooden door when it was shut in his face

Wow this movies so mild , i mean wild

Advert break again , sod this shite
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Currently watching Day of the dead on itv4...
Yes, I stayed up to watch this last night as well! My one overriding thought while it was on was WTF? Especially when the "zombies" (I've put that in quotations as they're not really zombies in the Romero sense, or even the Snyder/28 Days Later sense) started jumping around like Kriss Kross on acid! Since when did becoming a zombie turn you into Spider-Man? (except in Marvel Zombies when Spider-Man became a zombie I suppose!)

However, unlike yourself, I managed to suspend my disbelief long enough to actually sit through the entire movie, which with all the cuts which must have been made only totalled 79 minutes or so (the running time on the IMDB has it as 86 minutes), so I feel I've not wasted too much of my life watching it all the way through!

My overall reaction? Shouldn't have been billed as a proper zombie movie, as compared to all of Romero's movies, the 2004 DOTD remake, and even zombie wannabees such as 28 Days/Weeks Later, this was more akin to an extreme outbreak of swine flu! IMBD users have given it 4.5/10, which is probably about right.

One more thing...before ITV4 started the movie, the continuity announcer even said it was the Romero version of the movie from 1985! Methinks he must have misread that it was based (extremely loosely) on this fine original!
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:11 AM   #6
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Yes, I stayed up to watch this last night as well! My one overriding thought while it was on was WTF?
One more thing...before ITV4 started the movie, the continuity announcer even said it was the Romero version of the movie from 1985! Methinks he must have misread that it was based (extremely loosely) on this fine original!

Well done for sticking with it , or was it the many "Text me now boys , i`m waiting for you right by my sink " adverts inbetween the film that held your interest

I heard that announcer as well and for a brief few seconds thought it was me who`d made the mistake , then i started to look forward to seeing the proper one .As despite it`s over the top performances and crummy ending it`s always worth watching , but no such luck.

Oh i take it Bud did in fact turn into a steroid speedy Gonzales ?, and became the telegraphed Vegan Zombie ?

I flipped over like i said ,then ended up watching Lovely & Amazing which was a good film well acted but it was one of those that did annoy as it just seemed to stop suddenly leaving the plot lines all unanswered

Still it was more enjoyable than watching Day of the Dead , but then so would have been removing my liver with a shoe horn
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Well done for sticking with it , or was it the many "Text me now boys , i`m waiting for you right by my sink " adverts inbetween the film that held your interest

I heard that announcer as well and for a brief few seconds thought it was me who`d made the mistake , then i started to look forward to seeing the proper one .As despite it`s over the top performances and crummy ending it`s always worth watching , but no such luck.

Oh i take it Bud did in fact turn into a steroid speedy Gonzales ?, and became the telegraphed Vegan Zombie ?
Worse..."Bud" turned into a zombie, but he didn't even attack anyone! They had him tied up in the back of the humvee most of the movie after he'd "turned", but spent most of the time looking gormless! He had the hots for Mena Suvari, though, for which I can't exactly blame him!

As for the ending, er, best I don't give it away, but it was certainly in keeping with the nonsensical plot of the rest of the film, so at least it was consistent.

Have to admit a liking for the 1985 version, which is superior in every way. But then whenever I'm asked, I always nominate the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead as my favourite film, so I'm a bit biased when it comes to Romero's films!

And you're quite right, it was all those text/phone/chatline ads that really kept me watching!
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Having recently been made redundant i seem to be watching a number of films. Some good, some bad.


Night at the Museum. Battle of the Smithsonian. Only redeeming feature i found in this was Hank Azaria as Kahmunrah. He had some brilliant lines and was by far the funniest thing in the whole film.

Doubt

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Meryl Streep was outstanding as Sister Aloysius Beauvier but Philip Seymour Hoffman stole the show. One of my all time favourite actors.

The Boat That Rocked.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1131729/
Very amusing and funny tale of a pirate radio ship in the 60's. Great British cast and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Took me back to the times of listening to Radio Caroline.

Coraline

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Very weird and spooky animated tale of a bored, forgotten girl.

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Just watched Hellboy II,better than the first one but still only a shadow of what it could have been.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:00 AM   #10
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i just picked up from a charity shop a film i thought looked good but it was totally odd, the passion of darkly noon starring brendan fraser, and believe me that film is weird.
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