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#104022 - 03/16/09 06:25 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: olyve]
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 Originally Posted By: olyve
 Originally Posted By: olyve
Bill Maher is good whatever he does to me.
cripe that sounds funny!! \:o


My thoughts exactly, Olyve! What does that statement mean?
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#104023 - 03/16/09 06:28 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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 Originally Posted By: Ardy
I thought Slumdog was an OK film, but probably not worth all the awards it recieved. It seemed to me that it started with a sort of exploitative treatment of Mumbai slums... added appealing chikd actors to win sympathy... and then layered over that a fairly predictable Hollywood plot lines.



Ardy...hmmmm, I could write several paragraphs about why I liked Slumdog, but I'd rather just say that I liked it apparently much more than you did. I'm not sure that I would agree with you're perspective about the film, but when it comes to movies, it's all so subjective and in the eye of the beholder.
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#104038 - 03/16/09 08:37 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: AustinRanter]
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 Originally Posted By: AustinRanter
but when it comes to movies, it's all so subjective and in the eye of the beholder.


Aint that the case... sometimes it is just the mood of the moment, or the people you watch a film with that will make the difference.
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#104047 - 03/16/09 09:43 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: AustinRanter]
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 Originally Posted By: AustinRanter
 Originally Posted By: olyve
 Originally Posted By: olyve
Bill Maher is good whatever he does to me.
cripe that sounds funny!! \:o


My thoughts exactly, Olyve! What does that statement mean?

I'll never tell!
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#106449 - 04/06/09 02:33 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: olyve]
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I just watched "Taxi to the Dark Side"
Which won an oscar for best documentary
this is generally about Bush administration interrogation policies.
In many ways it is horrible to understand what has been done in our name
but, IMO this film should not be missed
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#109122 - 04/25/09 02:18 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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The Band's Visit

a charming cross cultural comedy about an Egyptian police band the gets lost on it's way to play a gig in Israel.
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#109782 - 05/01/09 01:59 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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Just finished watching a movie from 2001 that I never heard of - kind of surprising, although in the run-up to awards season that year we were all a little preoccupied. It's "In the Bedroom" - here's the Netflix blurb:

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Set in a tranquil town on the Maine coast, In the Bedroom tells the story of a couple (Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson) whose teenage son (Nick Stahl) is involved in a love affair with a single mother (Marisa Tomei). When the relationship comes to a sudden and tragic end, the boy's parents must face their worst nightmare and embark on a dark, dangerous psychological journey. Spacek and Wilkinson turn in stunning performances.


For "teenage son" read, I think, "college-age son," and that's a reasonable description.

I found this movie to be really gripping, although there were parts of it I really didn't care about. The first part of the movie seemed to me to be mostly setup for the second, without a lot of intrinsic value of its own. The second half is tremendous; the push-pull between Spacek and Wilkinson, their ability to portray sorrow and anger and grief and hatred -- an amazing amount of tension in their scenes. As I watched the big scene between them I thought "either the writing or the acting or the timing is off, here" - but the awkwardness could well have been intentional and it was still a hell of a scene.

I wasn't even all that crazy about how the story ended. But I'll probably watch this one again. If you're into dark movies heavy on character, this one might be worth a try.

NYT review:
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This perfectly observed, wrenchingly acted drama about a middle-class New England couple coping with the murder of their 21-year-old son cuts to the quick. Its portrait of grief, rage, jealousy, flawed justice and revenge in a Maine lobstering town zeroes in on its characters' tragic flaws, yet refuses to condemn them.


I wonder how I missed this movie?
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#109811 - 05/01/09 11:33 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Julia,

I saw, "In The Bedroom" at the theater soon after it's release. I found it to be a really decent film. For me...having to watch an ordinary couple realize that they would be forced to engage in the process of making a super serious moral and legal decision made it a gripping story.

The ending wasn't the greatest, but I think the story itself made it tolerable for most people, given the circumstances.
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#109846 - 05/01/09 05:57 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: AustinRanter]
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I saw "Bedroom" in the theater and remember hardly anything. Bland movie? Bad memory? Six on one, etc.
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#110060 - 05/03/09 07:00 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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Another charming film

Dorian Blues.
A high-school boy comes to terms with his difference (being gay) and eventually works free from having that difference define him


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