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An interesting tidbit on Slumdog Millionaire: When the director discovered that the best young actors to play the parts of the kids early in the movie could not speak English, he made the decision to film their dialogue in Hindi. The studio was apparently not too thrilled with this suggestion, but turned out to work perfectly.

In addition, I REALLY liked the technique of putting the subtitles next to the character speaking up higher in the screen. So often in watching a movie with subtitles you're forced to read dialogue instead of watching the film. I hope more subtitled movies use this technique in the future.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
In addition, I REALLY liked the technique of putting the subtitles next to the character speaking up higher in the screen. So often in watching a movie with subtitles you're forced to read dialogue instead of watching the film. I hope more subtitled movies use this technique in the future.

PH
totally agree
FINALLY went to Slumdog Millionaire.

The first half moves along at a good pace, being unpredictable.
Second half breaks the pace. Slows down a little and begins to become a bit predictable.

Very good movie, However.
I enjoyed it very much.

Jamal was the underdog you rooted for from the moment he was willing to jump in the sh*t to get what he wanted. Smile

Thanks for the recomendation, w+a. Wink
Well worth seeing.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
In addition, I REALLY liked the technique of putting the subtitles next to the character speaking up higher in the screen. So often in watching a movie with subtitles you're forced to read dialogue instead of watching the film. I hope more subtitled movies use this technique in the future.

PH
totally agree

Ditto that as well.

Excellent use of subtitling without removing you from the movie. WELL DONE.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
The Wrestler.

I found the movie a little overrated.

Between you and IB's feedback, you just saved me the cost of 2 tickets to this movie.

Thank you. I'll wait for the DVD.


Not a pass in my book, it's not without flaws, but a very good movie, and a brilliant acting performance. MR brings the same kind of energy as Bobby Duvall did a few years ago in "The Apostle." It's my front runner for the lead actor oscar (yes, I've seen Milk).
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Originally posted by indybob:
Not a pass in my book, it's not without flaws, but a very good movie, and a brilliant acting performance. MR brings the same kind of energy as Bobby Duvall did a few years ago in "The Apostle." It's my front runner for the lead actor oscar (yes, I've seen Milk).

Duly noted, IB. Wink

However, with the few movies I actually go to see in a year, this was on my 'list', if only to see MR's performance. That can wait. There are others I'd indeed like to see on the screen.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Not a pass in my book, it's not without flaws, but a very good movie, and a brilliant acting performance. MR brings the same kind of energy as Bobby Duvall did a few years ago in "The Apostle." It's my front runner for the lead actor oscar (yes, I've seen Milk).

Duly noted, IB. Wink

However, with the few movies I actually go to see in a year, this was on my 'list', if only to see MR's performance. That can wait. There are others I'd indeed like to see on the screen.


Cool. While riveting, The Wrestler doesn't scream out "Big Screen Only," IMO. It'll translate just fine on the small screen. I typically see a lot of movies this time of year, Slumdog and Grand Torino are next on my list.
Watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button this morning. It was a bit slow in parts, but I found it very entertaining. I thought Cate Blanchett gave a great performance as always, but also found her absolutely stunning in some scenes. I think red hair really suits her.

No need to rush out to the theater to see this, but easy thumbs up for me.
Watched The Magnificent Seven last night. Bizarrely enough, this was the first time I'd ever seen it in colour. I saw it twice when I was a lot younger, both times on black and white TV.

Also saw The Union, which was pretty interesting but hard to tell how much license the filmmakers were taking with facts and figures.

Tonight, The Seven Samurai.
Watched Eagle Eye the other day. I found the first half entertaining for what it was, but then it just got ridiculous. Watched it on my laptop so some of the actions scenes would have been better on the big screen, but not enough to make it worth it. Thumbs down.

Body of Lies yesterday. I’m on the fence with this one. Leo and Russell had strong performances as always, but the story didn’t flow very well to me and the ending was kind of blah. Thumbs sideways.
Downfall

A movie about Hitler's last few days in the Bunker in Berlin, from the viewpoint of his secretary. Thought-provoking and powerful. What was disturbing wasn't how insane Hitler was (the actor who played him nailed it), but the others around him who continued to believe in the Fuhrer even as the Russians were literally knocking on the doorstep. These were truly disturbed people.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
Downfall

A movie about Hitler's last few days in the Bunker in Berlin, from the viewpoint of his secretary. Thought-provoking and powerful. What was disturbing wasn't how insane Hitler was (the actor who played him nailed it), but the others around him who continued to believe in the Fuhrer even as the Russians were literally knocking on the doorstep. These were truly disturbed people.


Is 'Downfall' the US title of the German film 'Der Untergang' or is it a remake of that same film? If it is the original: that is truly a special and impressive film, one of the best I've seen in the last couple of years.

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