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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Everything you could possibly, realistically, want a movie with such a title to be. Ridiculous on a metaphysical level. If 'high art' is located over *here*, then this movie is located on the other side of the big bang. There is a period of about 15-20 minutes extending from about 55% through the movie to about 70% through the movie that gets a bit slow. Other than that, it is quite entertaining. Of course, I am dumber for having watched this. Much dumber. And there is no possible way to assign a rating to a movie like this.
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although my expectations around horror movies has dropped dramatically over the years.


X, what horror movies do you like?


W+A,

Psycho and The Birds by Hitchcock are classics. I also enjoyed The Shining many years ago. I like thrillers more than horror. My wife likes scary movies so doesn't necessarily need to be in the horror category. However, most of the stuff we have watched over the last number of years has been total crap. The last recent movie that stands out as memorable was The Sixth Sense but that was over a decade ago.
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Originally posted by xhoser: My wife likes scary movies so doesn't necessarily need to be in the horror category. However, most of the stuff we have watched over the last number of years has been total crap. The last recent movie that stands out as memorable was The Sixth Sense but that was over a decade ago.

El Orfanato
Not a movie, but American Horror Story is excellent and will make you squirm. The opening credits alone can make you run from the room.
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Anyone seen the Fruitvale Station yet?

TIA.


No. Too close to home to watch. Big Grin

Gangster Squad - good looking and stylish, but dull and lifeless. A poor cousin in the family of LA Confidential and Mullholland Falls. The DMN has a films to avoid each week article, and this film made the list.
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One of the few films I can really enjoy more than once.


Interesting, bman.

I'm just the opposite for some reason. I revisit all art forms ( art, sculpture, music, books, architecture, gardens, et al.) often including movies. There is just something about knowing I will greatly enjoy my time spent when the mood strikes. I also love finding nuance/seeing/ or hearing a new discovery in an art form I have missed many times before.

When sitting on an airplane for endless hours, I much prefer revisiting past loves. ( music, movies, books)

I hope our paths cross soon. I would love to share wine and contemplate the vicissitudes of life together.
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One of the few films I can really enjoy more than once.


Interesting, bman.

I'm just the opposite for some reason. I revisit all art forms ( art, sculpture, music, books, architecture, gardens, et al.) often including movies. There is just something about knowing I will greatly enjoy my time spent when the mood strikes. I also love finding nuance/seeing/ or hearing a new discovery in an art form I have missed many times before.

When sitting on an airplane for endless hours, I much prefer revisiting past loves. ( music, movies, books)

I hope our paths cross soon. I would love to share wine and contemplate the vicissitudes of life together.


My attention span is notoriously short, so knowing what is coming diminishes the enjoyment of films already seen, for most films at least. Ditto books. But not the other art forms you mention.

And I too look forward to offlining with you one day. We are well and truly due! Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:I'm just the opposite for some reason.


Because great art demands it and deserves it. How could I not watch Chinatown for the 10th time,


Only 10? Razz Wink

I was lowballing so I didn't seem too compulsive.


Big Grin ... well, as an obsessive compulsive and hyper fastidious person myself, I understand. Wink
For serious. Smile


I'm in between when it comes to movie watching. I can (and do) watch many movies (eg. A Room With a View) over and over again. Other movies I like to watch often, but they would lose something to me if watched too frequently. The Godfather is my favorite movie ever, but I cannot watch it more than twice or three times a year or it would become a bit stale. Then, there are movies like Schindler's List where once every ten years is plenty, despite extraordinary greatness.

Last night: Warm Bodies.
Cute. Sweet. Incredible that this movie (plot) had not been made before and a very good job for the first try. Still, I couldn't help but think in the hands of Alfonso Cuarón (or, perhaps Guillermo del Toro or Wes Anderson) it could have been so much more. Still a solid recommendation for a good stay-home-and-take-it-easy type movie. B
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True Grit (2010)
A movie that, somehow, I had never seen. Loved it. A western for people who don't like westerns. (Like me.) Strong reccomendation as a 'serious' popcorn movie. A-/A


I have the DVD at home from Netflix, but have not gotten around to watching it yet. Now that I read your post, I think I'll pop it into the DVD player tonight.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Anyone seen the Fruitvale Station yet?

TIA.


No. Too close to home to watch.

Gangster Squad - good looking and stylish, but dull and lifeless. A poor cousin in the family of LA Confidential and Mullholland Falls. Seemed more like the Warren Beatty film Dick Tracy.


Wish I had seen this report on Gangster Squad earlier. Just got it delivered from Netflix. Oh well.
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A Late Quartet

Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher (Cowbell) Walken. What could go wrong?


I tried watching this on the plane on the way over. Seemed like a cool concept. I gave up after awhile as it didn't seem to be going anywhere.


Flying Virgin? I also tried ot watch it but instead fell asleep
Watched Fruitvale Station re: oscar Grant shooting by BART police officer.

While factually questionable, the movie was extremely gripping. Open sobbing in the theater, people yelling at the screen for Grant to make it although it was obvious that he did not - near the end of the movie the gentleman behind me had what was originally thought to be a heart attack, but just turned out to be an anxiety-based reaction to the shooting scene.
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A Late Quartet

Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher (Cowbell) Walken. What could go wrong?


I tried watching this on the plane on the way over. Seemed like a cool concept. I gave up after awhile as it didn't seem to be going anywhere.


Flying Virgin? I also tried ot watch it but instead fell asleep


Swiss. I switched over to the Fellowship of the Ring.
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Doc Hollywood
Just felt like watching it again. Still cute, funny. The lake scene with Julie Warner always gets my blood a pumping.


I never understood why she did not become a bigger star - was great in that film. Very underrated movie


It was filmed in part in Micanopy, FL, just south of Gainesville and on my commutes to/from home when I was a student, I'd drive through on my way back and think I was in Grady! Smile
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Doc Hollywood
Just felt like watching it again. Still cute, funny. The lake scene with Julie Warner always gets my blood a pumping.


I never understood why she did not become a bigger star - was great in that film. Very underrated movie


It was filmed in part in Micanopy, FL, just south of Gainesville and on my commutes to/from home when I was a student, I'd drive through on my way back and think I was in Grady! Smile


It's a great film and holds up well. I also thought it was a shame when Pixar ripped off the plot and re-made it into Cars. Prior to that, their films had been original and inventive.
Atlas Shrugged II. We watched the first one and it was pretty bad, but had a moment or two. It's going to be a trilogy. So we watched the second one. One interesting thing is they replaced the entire cast. But it didn't matter, as my wife so correctly put it, "It's uniformly mediocre." There is literally not one moment that's worth anyone's time, but it's hard to stop watching. You keep thinking there must be something of value coming up. But no.

Can't wait for the final part in 2014!
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The Lady Vanishes

Winner An under-appreciated movie, imo.

Spring Breakers
Interesting. Not particularly sexy, despite Vanessa and Ashley looking amazing and running around in bikinis. (And the other two, as well.) Hardly a plot to speak of. But an interesting deconstruction of "spring break" culture. The distance between James Franco's excellent controlled over-the-top performance and the others' capabilities is in full view, but it doesn't detract as the girls are supposed to be novi. I'm not certain if it is good or not. But it is somewhat interesting, if long (at 90 minutes) for what it is. B-
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The Lady Vanishes

Winner An under-appreciated movie, imo.

Not in the world of dedicated Hitchcock admirers and knowledgeable film enthusiasts.


You do realize you just eliminated 90% of all moviegoers, right? Wink

Old Man, the great winetarelli is a serious movie buff as well.
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The Lady Vanishes

Winner An under-appreciated movie, imo.

Not in the world of dedicated Hitchcock admirers and knowledgeable film enthusiasts.


You do realize you just eliminated 90% of all moviegoers, right? Wink

Old Man, the great winetarelli is a serious movie buff as well.

Oops, then it's not under appreciated in our circle. Wink
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The Lady Vanishes

Winner An under-appreciated movie, imo.

Not in the world of dedicated Hitchcock admirers and knowledgeable film enthusiasts.


You do realize you just eliminated 90% of all moviegoers, right? Wink

Old Man, the great winetarelli is a serious movie buff as well.

Oops, then it's not under appreciated in our circle. Wink


We need to get winetarelli down to San Diego in September when I'm in town.
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the Quartet. A British movie with the great Maggie Smith. About a retirement home for retired classical musicians. Stars many older retired musicians. Nice.

Not an entirely British movie; it marks Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. Smile


quite true. I was speaking in terms of genre.

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