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Quote by seventh_angel
I thought Chris Cooper was really good in it.

Yes yes yes!

Streep and Roberts were both electric as co-leads. The supporting cast was incredible and kept the film grounded, but Chris Cooper was the best thing about that film for me. It's maybe that he's such a likeable, kind character who's easy to sympathize with, but I thought he was MVP nonetheless.

Julianne Nicholson and Margo Martindale were both great. Even Dermot Mulroney (yes, Dermot Mulroney) subtly nails that kind of womanizing, narcissistic good old boy without a whole lot to work with. Benedict Cumberbatch was good, Ewan McGregor was serviceable.

The only really relatively weak parts of the film were Abigail Breslin and Juliette Lewis, but overall one of the ensembles from 2013 that I enjoyed watching the most. Maybe 2nd-best, in fact, just behind the Short Term 12 ensemble.
Ah thanks. I should rewatch it in its entirety soon.
re: The Act of Killing - I think I've seen around 2/3 of it... haven't gotten around to finishing it, but what I've seen hasn't really made an impression on me. Is that last part of the film significantly better?
What would be the most interesting experience? Watching...

Michael Bay: Armageddon + Pearl Harbor + The Rock + The Island + Pain & Gain...

Paul W. S. Anderson: AVP: Alien vs. Predator + Event Horizon + Mortal Kombat + Death Race + Pompeili

or Roland Emmerich: Independence Day + The Day After Tomorrow + 2012 + Godzilla + 10,000 BC

well shit since everybody's ranking:

5>4>6>>>>3>>>> 2>1
Quote by Samdroid
I know it was innovative and all that, but I don't understand why the saga is held in such high regard. There's only like one great movie (Empire) and the rest range from fun to dire.

Co-signed.

Not a Star Wars fan.
Speaking of Brooks and Saddles, I was thinking of doing a Parody-themed marathon of five films sometime in the future and thought of watching these:

- Young Frankenstein
- Airplane!
- The Naked Gun
- Love and Death
- Blazing Saddles.

Any other films I should consider? No Monty Python for now, btw.
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You're a toilet.

And you are shit.



500 Days of Summer is awesome.

About Time is awesome.

Rom-coms are awesome.

Everything is awesome.
500 days of summer, its da best romcom. - cosigned... somewhat... it's one of the best.

Annie Hall was okay.
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Watched

Jailbait

This morning.

Purely for the storyline.

I will watch this too.

This evening.

Purely for the storyline as well.
Finally finished my Michael Mann marathon and settled on the following ranking:

1. The Insider
2. Heat
3. Thief
4. The Last of the Mohicans
5. Manhunter

The reviews are on letterboxd , just if anyone's interested.

Also thought I'd give out "end-of-marathon" awards or something like that. For this one, I've got these. Pretty straightforward:

BEST PICTURE:
The Insider

Mann’s most cohesive film. No weak areas. The domestic drama works. He’s able to produce thrill and suspense to great effect without the heist sequences, gunfights, car chases and the like.

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE:
Russell Crowe, The Insider

I just realized that I didn’t touch on Crowe’s performance in the review of The Insider. Russell Crowe was a surprise in his nuanced and controlled performance.. He captured the rollercoaster of emotions caused by all the internal turmoil that Wigand had to go through in the story.

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE:
Brian Cox, Manhunter

Simply stole every scene he was in.

BEST SCENE/MOMENT:
McCauley & Hanna in the Diner, Heat

Quoting from my review: ” (Heat) can maintain tension even in its quiet moments, and has one of the most electric scenes you can ever have between two people talking in a diner.” — This is that scene.

BEST STYLIZED ACTION SEQUENCE:
The Second Heist, Thief

It was either this or the downtown shootout from Heat. This heist scene just impressed me more because of how meticulously detailed and believably authentic it was.


Next marathon: Ernst Lubitsch
Not yet! But I'll try to see it the first chance I get.
So, The Lego Movie is...

- in the Top 250 (#165) of IMDB...
- is holding 96% on RottenTomatoes with 162 reviews...
- has an 82 Metacritic score, with 8.7 from user ratings...
- has grossed almost $150M just domestically



Wow. Awesome.
Maybe they didn't win because they kept them inside her dress...
So I finished Heat by Michael Mann.

I just don't understand why Mann is so bent on including melodrama and romance in his films when he simply doesn't know how to write them. It's not as if the central plot of the film lacks any sort of drama anyway. Watching two characters who are similar in so many ways, yet find themselves on the opposite ends of a tense situation is already an interesting setup that doesn't need dramatic subplots to support it. The parallels that one can draw between them and the way in which Mann increasingly blurs the gray line between good and bad is fascinating. And ultimately seeing them understand, respect and admire each other through the conflict is compelling, especially considering that they both know only one of them can come out the other end of it alive.

The film doesn't need De Niro's character to have a romantic interest. It doesn't need to show Pacino's domestic problems. And why on earth did we need to have a backstory for the getaway driver? I don't always say this about long films, but this one in particular could have been more taut, focused and cohesive as a two-hour action-thriller. Yet, considering what it is, it's still very good even with loads of unnecessary excess. It has this riveting and intense cat-and-mouse game between the Robert De Niro-led gang of criminals and the Al Pacino-led LA police, and they take turns one-upping each other. It has some of the most raw, visceral and well-crafted shootout sequences I've seen, including a particularly incredible epic one in the middle of downtown LA. It knows how to pace itself and maintain tension even in its quiet moments as evidenced by one of the most electric scenes you can ever have between two people talking in a diner.

Best Mann film I've seen so far. Will get to The Insider next to finish my Mann marathon.
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Was it better than

Gasmask Knifeman?

Was it better than

boobs?
Anyone know where I can search films by their running time? Like:

- If I want to search for all films 170 mins or longer; or,
- films that run 90 minutes or less
- films that run for anywhere in between 100-120 minutes
- films that are exactly 150 minutes long

^ that kind of stuff?
Haha okay. Will just share some thoughts on him when I get to my Lubitsch marathon
Yeah, Chaplin is in a different league when it comes to that brand of comedy. I haven't seen Mon Oncle, but I definitely agree with the description of Chaplin's gags adding to the story and having something to say. His films always come across to me as clever, witty, smart and surprisingly insightful.

While on the topic of old comedies, are you (or anyone else here) familiar with the work of Ernst Lubitsch? Would love to hear some thoughts on his work. I'm planning to watch a handful of his films soon.
I finished Last of the Mohicans over the weekend and it was really strange considering the rest of Michael Mann and Daniel Day-Lewis' respective filmographies. Seeing Mann helm a historical epic/war movie/period piece considering all of his other acclaimed films are action-thrillers with more contained stories is a bit jarring. Also that DDL neither gives the best performance nor plays the best role in the film.

All in all it was okay. He's usually style over substance, but here it feels like the opposite. It's just that the film felt a bit safe especially considering Mann is known for the vibrant style in which he directs his other ones. It's almost like the scope overwhelmed him. It definitely feels like the director out of his comfort zone. The last 15 minutes or so of the film was solid though.
So the dude is doing some sort of mockumentary/performance art project revolving around same/celebrity/plagiarism using a plagiarized idea from joaquin phoenix and casey affleck?
Then there's also this just earlier today:

Shia LaBeouf walks out of Nymphomaniac press conference after quoting Eric Cantona

But things got off to a bad start just 10 minutes into the press conference, when 27-year-old LaBeouf was asked his first question, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The question was about LaBeouf’s decision to star in a movie with so many sex scenes.

He enigmatically replied: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.

"Thank you very much.”

To the surprise of fellow panellists Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth, he then stormed out.

^ I have. I found it to be surprisingly very watchable despite it having only one actor and barely any dialogue. Robert Redford is not as great in it as most people I've heard say he is. He's serviceable at best in most scenes, but there's one scene around 70-minutes into the film when he finally shows an emotional outburt of despair and I found it cringeworthy.

Overall, a fascinating piece of work. It's a good film. It piques my interest about the ins and outs of sailing. It's gorgeous to look at and relaxing to listen to during the daytime scenes when the weather is calm, but is riveting to watch during the man-vs-nature sequences where our man is fighting for his life.
You know a film's gotta be good when it holds a 96% rating on RT, 82 from MC and has a positive review from Armond White.
Quote by seventh_angel
~600 votes on imdb is nothing. I'll wait two weeks to see where it actually goes.

Yeah true. I can see the film ending up somewhere around 7.5-8.0 in the long run though.

80 rottentomato reviews is relatively significant already though. the fact it's maintaining a 99% rating there is very impressive.

only Kyle Smith from The New York Post gave it a rotten review , and it's not even a scathing review (he scored it 2/4)
I thought the trailer was brilliant, but I haven't seen or heard anything else about the movie since then.

It seems like it blends satire with the whole Lego nostalgia and does it very well to deliver a really funny, relatable and accessible movie.

I can see how it be as good as people say it is. It seems similar to what The Muppets Movie was some years ago.
dat lego movie rottentomatoes score
Manhunter (1986)



Manhunter is another proof that Michael Mann is brilliant in every element that lends to creating a sense of style on the screen. He's great at visually arresting an audience and creating a distinct atmosphere for his films. Just take the first shot after the opening credits for example. Not even the first scene, but just that first shot. FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) & his superior Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) are sitting on a log on the beach with the calm waters, clear blue sky and the horizon as their backdrop. Graham in his shirt, shorts and bare feet, holding a drink, facing us and looking to the left. Crawford on the other hand is in full office attire, has his back towards us, is looking down at the sand and his suit is draped beside him on the log. It's visually an immediately intriguing image and it lingers for a few seconds just for the audience to take it in. It's meticulously composed, beautiful to look at and very typical of the skill that Michael Mann has in filming a scene.

The problem, however, lies in his writing. Mann has a tendency to be heavy-handed when developing his characters and moving the narrative and every example of his poor writing tendecies seem to be on display in this film. He seems to be a classic example of someone who you'd want to yell at and say, "Show, don't tell!" He ends up relying a lot on relatively static sequences of people talking for an extended period where the dialogue is not the least bit subtle in terms of revealing his characters' thoughts, emotions and desires. Worse than these are the scenes where Will Graham is alone investigating and muttering to himself as he tries to get inside the killer's head. Mann's script makes him say out loud every detail, every thought and every move that the killer has supposedly made as if a play-by-play announcer at a basketball game. Worst of all are the couple of scenes where Graham bursts out with emotion and lashes out at the suspect "...didn't you, you son of a bitch, you watched them all goddamn day long!" William Petersen may not be remotely close to being one of the more talented actors I've seen in a lead role, but he at least achieves getting one's sympathy. If only the script was penned by a better writer, he could have had more palatable dialogue to work with.

Almost every scene in Manhunter is an example of style over substance. But even then, there are two actors in the film who prove to be talented enough to rise above the material. Joan Allen in one of her first film roles works wonders with her naturally soft easiness to balance out the grotesque look and atmosphere involving the scenes with the film's antagonist. But the highlight is clearly Brian Cox in the role of the now iconic Hannibal Lecter. The performance is magnetic in the handful of scenes that he's in. He brings confidence, charisma and a chilling sense of danger to the role. There's always the impression that so much more is running in his brilliant mind than what's said and shown on-screen. There's a feeling that he knows more about everyone else such that one would wish that the film was about him more than anyone else.

I think I need to rewatch Collateral after I'm done with this Michael Mann marathon. As the only film directed by Mann that he didn't write, it interests me to revisit what he's done with another person's screenplay. I'd imagine that if Michael Mann directed a piece similar to Malick's The Tree of Life or Caruth's Upstream Color based off another writer's work it would be an interesting experience. It would be the perfect vehicle for his unbridled style combined with another writer's substance.

5/10
Quote by BelowTheSun
I've seen mention of a semi-rumour going around that this might be coming out now because the Weinsteins pushed for it to happen to dirty Woody's Oscar chances. Just a rumour, and a very extreme one.

Although, not beyond the realms of possibility.

I doubt that.

Woody has not won anything this whole awards season - either for writing or directing from either the critics or the guilds - to warrant anybody trying to spoil his Oscar chances... because he really didn't have any Oscar chances at all to begin with
Quote by andyscoot
Just hook them both up to lie detector's and be done with it.

Allen has already passed a lie detector regarding the case. Mia Farrow refused to take one.

Another thing worth noting is that Moses Farrow - one of Mia's adopted sons - says that Woody didn't do the things that Mia has been accusing him of. He is now estranged from the rest of the Farrow family. He hasn't said anything yet about Dylan's open letter though.
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Hence statute of limitations law. My point is that why assume that she's lying or something when you should make no assumptions and admit that there's no way to definitively find out what really happened? Which is sort of what you're doing, except you're somehow attacking the character of people "blindly believing accusations" when really it's about sympathizing with someone who was actually damaged by this.

See, this is my problem.

You say that you should make no assumptions and admit that there's no way to definitively find out what really happened... but at the same time, the way your last statement is worded assumes that she's telling the truth by implying that she was actually damaged by what she claims to have happened... meaning you are working with the assumption that she's telling the truth.

Making no assumptions and admitting that there's no way to definitevely find out what really happened... I get that. But at the same time, my stand that an accused is innocent until proven guilty also pushes me to take a defensive stance against statements like that are implying Allen's guilt.
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Btw, SO glad The Hunt made it a little more okay for people to blindly dispel rape accusations.

Presumption of innocence

Also, none of this is new. She was interviewed by psychiatrists, there was no evidence, etc., 20 years ago. The judicial system found errors in her testimony as a 7 year old. They found it was inconsistent. At that time, Mia was scorned with Woody leaving her for her adopted daughter. However, as we only recently found out, Mia said in an interview that Ronan Farrow could be Frank Sinatra's son. She was cheating on Woody. Woody was cheating on her. Who cheated first? Who is the worse person?

Can any of us really say?

It's been a long time since she was 7 years old. That's a lot of time to reconstruct your testimony. Or it's a lot of time to understand your memories better. We will never know. There were no witnesses.
Quote by lolmnt
We've all heard of the Hunt.

great, i guess...?
It's weird when people blindly believe accusations like that.

Reminds me of The Hunt.
An interesting article on the Woody Allen-Soon Yi thing, that will surely be referenced repeatedly during the discussion surrounding Dylan Farrow's accusations:

link

Would like to highlight the following in particular:

Every time I stumble upon this topic on the internet, it seems the people who are most outraged are also the most ignorant of the facts. Following are the top ten misconceptions, followed by my response in italics:

#1: Soon-Yi was Woody’s daughter. False.

#2: Soon-Yi was Woody’s step-daughter. False.

#3: Soon-Yi was Woody and Mia’s adopted daughter. False. Soon-Yi was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and André Previn. Her full name was Soon-Yi Farrow Previn.

#4: Woody and Mia were married. False.

#5: Woody and Mia lived together. False. Woody lived in his apartment on Fifth Ave. Mia and her kids lived on Central Park West. In fact, Woody never once stayed over night at Mia’s apartment in 12 years.

#6: Woody and Mia had a common-law marriage. False. New York State does not recognize common law marriage. Even in states that do, a couple has to cohabitate for a certain number of years.

#7: Soon-Yi viewed Woody as a father figure. False. Soon-Yi saw Woody as her mother’s boyfriend. Her father figure was her adoptive father, André Previn.

#8: Soon-Yi was underage when she and Woody started having relations. False. She was either 19 or 21. (Her year of birth in Korea was undocumented, but believed to be either 1970 or ’72.)

#9: Soon-Yi was borderline ******ed. Ha! She’s smart as a whip, has a degree from Columbia University and speaks more languages than you.

#10: Woody was grooming Soon-Yi from an early age to be his child bride. Oh, come on! According to court documents and Mia’s own memoir, until 1990 (when Soon-Yi was 18 or 20), Woody “had little to do with any of the Previn children, (but) had the least to do with Soon-Yi” so Mia encouraged him to spend more time with her. Woody started taking her to basketball games, and the rest is tabloid history. So he hardly “had his eye on her” from the time she was a child.

Let me add this: If anyone is creeped out by the notion of a 55-year old man becoming involved with his girlfriend’s 19-year old adopted daughter, I understand. That makes perfect sense. But why not get the facts straight? If the actual facts are so repugnant to you, then why embellish them?
You might be referring to Soon-Yi. I think Bob_Sacamano is referring to Dylan Farrow's accusations.
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I don't get watching films with a recently passed away actor, it'd just be too sad.

idk, I find it more as fondly reminiscing the work of an actor. Maybe it can bring about disappointment or regret, but I rarely find such an exercise to be sad.

PSH was my favorite working actor at the time of his death, no exaggeration, and I'm planning a 20-film marathon for me to more or less complete his filmography.

I'm leaving out films that I've either watched many times or seen recently, such as Magnolia, The Master, Boogie Nights, Moneyball, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & The Big Lebowski --- but surprisingly, I was still able to line up 20 films (although he has small roles in a handful of them).