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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2014
    Go see THE WIND RISES in a nice big theatre. You'll be glad you did, and if this is Miyazaki's last film, it's a good one to go out on…
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    @ Paul Sizer- yup, it wasn't my favorite movie of his (Spirited Away is), but it would be a good film for him to go out on. I can't help but see that last scene as him saying goodbye to the audience.

    I really liked the foley for the air planes being done by someone's voice in the beginning of the film and less as the movie went along.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2014

    Saw The Grand Budapest Hotel last night, loved it. To my mind it's the most stylised, dreamlike film he's made (Fantastic Mr. Fox aside), and all the better for it.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2014
    The Grand Budapest Hotel was a total hoot. Sets, costumes, cinematography . . . brilliant. I felt my jaw drop just listening to Goldblum's character rattle off that elaborate dialog.

    It was a bit chilly compared to some of Wes Anderson's other films. Less depth to the characters. But since the two lead characters were supposed to be men without roots (except the hotel) that can be forgiven.

    I'm going to buy the Blu-Ray, just so I can freeze-frame it and read the signs and newspaper stories.
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    I'd love to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel, but unfortunately I live in small town WI, in which I can watch 300: Rise of an Empire, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Non-Stop and Son of God. I can also watch The Monuments Men and The Lego Movie, so it isn't all that bad.

    Sorry, I'm just feeling a pissy because that is the sort of movie I'd love to watch in the theater, and that's fairly unlikely to happen.
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    Finally caught "Inglourious Basterds". One of Tarantino's better movies... Incredibly, most, perhaps even all the conversations have an actual PURPOSE in this one. It's also cringe-inducing in a good way in a lot of places, and it hits nicely on that combination of uncomfortable, tense and funny.

    Not to mention...

    ... that they actually kill Hitler. Which was hilarious. A perfect trick played on the audience's expectations, really... You're presented with two different plots to kill all the nazis in the movie theatre, and you keep expecting the two to collide and cancel each other out. But then... they both go off without a hitch. Hitler gets shot, burned, shot to bits some more and then blown up. Because, well, the Basterds are non-canon, so of course the war doesn't end the same way!

    A really clever, meta twist, I thought.
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    I finally saw Shutter Island. What can I say, except that it was one of those "tailored to my tastes" things through and through. It was a very good watch, but I don't know... something was just missing for me that would've made it awesome instead of "just" very enjoyable. Can't put my finger on it.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2014
    The best thing about Shutter Island was this, over the end credits:

    Now I'm going to go in the shower and cry some more.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2014 edited
    I saw Veronica Mars - DRM on Flixster shockingly wouldn't allow me to watch it using my kickstater code because I had a monitor with the "wrong" kind of cable.
    Piracy hooked me up in the end.

    The movie had loads of fan service, which was appropriate, given the circumstances, and the story and performances were fine and enjoyable. I was delighted anyway.
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    ANITA--SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER came out today. It's a documentary portrait of law professor Anita Hill and what happened to her when she testified before a group of Senators about the sexually harassing behavior of her then-EEOC boss (and eventually confirmed Supreme Court Justice) Clarence Thomas. The film allows you to see footage of the hearings from the perspective of two decades past, and you realize that while Hill still remains a class act, the Senators involved looked sexistly boorish, clueless, or cowardly. It's definitely not a great film, but it's a good reminder of why America needs to avoid returning to a world where this sort of offensive behavior was considered acceptable.
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    Finally caught "Django Unchained", too. Man, but that movie did NOT feel like nearly three hours. So fun.

    Between Unchained and Basterds, I'd say Tarantino is MORE than forgiven for the endless, dull Deathproof.
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is also very good. Cap and Widow make for kind of a dull duo when they're not kicking ass, mostly, but thankfully the plot and the supporting cast (and freaking brilliant action scenes) make up for that.

    There's a mid-credits stinger and a post-credits stinger, as usual. The post-credits one isn't terribly interesting, but the mid-credits one...
    ... Unless there's another set of twins in the Marvel universe, male and female, with one having superspeed and the other having crazy mental powers, they're introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to the Marvel movie continuity.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2014
    Yes, that's them.

    And they're not played by the same people playing them in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
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    Well, no...

    Two different movie universes, and all. I guess it works out copyrights-wise because those two have been members of the Avengers in the comic-book continuity, too. See Empire Online's article here.