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03 January 2011 @ 10:22 am
We saw The King's Speech last night and it was wonderful. Extremely well acted. We really empathized with Prince Albert/King George VI. Colin Firth did an amazing job. It was also nice getting a view of Helena Bonham Carter NOT playing the strange off-the-wall characters as she seems to generally do. And it was interesting to get a glimpse into that era from the point of view of the royals. King Edward abdicating the throne, how King George felt about it and how he didn't feel he was good enough to be king because of his stammer. They go very briefly into his childhood and your heart aches for him.

This is an Oscar buzz film that is definitely worth it to go see. Sometimes the Oscar ones are so arty or so overly serious it's painful. This was a dramatic movie about a serious topic that was really well done and had some amusing moments in it too.
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31 August 2010 @ 09:22 pm
I might have really enjoyed this movie if the protagonist hadn't come across as an UTTER SHITHEAD, pardon my French. If I had been his ex-girlfriend, I would have spent every scene I was in PUNCHING HIM IN THE FACE.

That said, I haven't read the book yet. Hopefully it is less irritating in that regard.
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10 August 2010 @ 08:17 am
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni3708804/
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/09/actress.neal.death/

I think the only movies I've seen her in so far are The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Fountainhead. She was so distinctive.
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03 July 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Just watched Emma Caufield's latest, TiMER, a surprisingly thought-provoking romantic comedy where true love can be predicted by (I think) a growing chemical cocktail inside your body that can be measured. It's throwaway movie science, and yet that in itself is interesting. The entire movie focuses around the fact that love is real, monogamous, and, most importantly, predestined in a MEASURABLE way. Fascinating.

The movie follows Oona, a 29-year-old orthodontist, who has a blank timer--this means her soulmate hasn't gotten one yet. So she meets a guy here or there, and she takes him to get a timer early in their relationship, as she does not want to waste her time. On the other hand, her stepsister Steph's timer says that she doesn't find her "One" until she's in her 40s, over a decade from the present day, and Steph spends her time knocking boots with guys who want to sow some wild oats before they meet their One. One-night stands only. Both women have never been in love, because they've been raised in an environment since their teens that tells them that love only comes once in their lives. And how can they argue that? They adore each other, their second-time-around parents adore each other, and they adore their shared little half-brother--who turns 14, legally of timer age, and finds that his is set to go off almost immediately, which devastates Oona and sets off a chain of events that will change both her life and her sister's.

Right now, the movie is available to stream on Netflix but I don't think you can order it yet or something? Anyway, it's there, and you should watch it, cuz I'd love to discuss it, especially the ending, which annoyed a lot of people (I read some user reviews) but definitely, definitely not me.

Minor geek note: Buffy fans will be pleased to see Caufield sharing screen time with Kali Rocha, another Buffy alum.
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11 June 2010 @ 10:48 pm
To be based on the classic book The Borrowers by Mary Norton.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/ghiblis-the-borrower-arrietty.html
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29 April 2010 @ 08:15 pm

Hey You Guys: A Goonies Quiz



Score: 70% (7 out of 10)


I was proud to do that well considering I haven't seen the movie in probably 15 years if not longer.
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08 March 2010 @ 07:43 am
I knew James Cameron had been married to Linda Hamilton, but I hadn't realized he'd also been married to Kathryn Bigelow. It was strangely satisfying to watch the "king of the world" be dethroned by one of his ex-wives. He seemed to be cheering her on, though, so good for them both. I also liked how they set up Streisand to present her the best director award; obviously a woman winning for the first time meant a lot to her. Watching Bigelow come back on the stage in a daze to accept Best Picture, I thought, "So that's what an out of body experience looks like from the outside."

The Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin buddy act schtick seemed tired and forced. If NPH doesn't have time in his busy schedule to host next year, maybe they should let Ben Stiller have a turn. He obviously wants the job.

As usual, the original score category is the one I feel most strongly about, and I **LOVED** how they presented the nominees this year. I was very, very happy to see the worthy Giacchino win his first Oscar for the soundtrack to Up.

The John Hughes tribute was sweet, but seemed a bit much, considering everyone else who died this year got 5-10 seconds. It ended up being more of a "wow, all those actors look old now" moment.

The clips from the nominees for best documentary feature were more horrifying than the clips from the horror movie tribute. Did you see that river of dolphin blood?

I'm glad they kept the five-on-five format for Best Actor/Actress. I think the winners in those categories specifically are more about career than any one role (especially this year), and it's a nice way of highlighting the fact that all the nominees gave worthy performances.

I don't think expanding the Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10 did anything except take up more presentation time and allow Up to claim the distinction of being the second animated film nominated for Best Picture.
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24 February 2010 @ 11:24 am
Huh.  
Didn't realize Alice in Wonderland was more sequel-y.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100224/ap_en_ot/us_film_tim_burton
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25 January 2010 @ 09:56 am
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