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Originally posted by wine+art:
Babel.

Thumbs up!


Yes, agree, but it was so depressing it made me want to go to the baby goat petting zoo and go watch old videos of "Up with People!"

Have you seen the equally joyless, but superior (IMO), Amorres Perros?

On another note, I just saw the new buddy flick Step Brothers. I went in expecting a piece of junk. A bit long, horrible acting, but some real laughs. I'd recommend if you like the genre.
A couple of nights ago, Gone Bayby, Gone -- GREAT! One of the best movies of last year.

I think tonight I am going to re-watch Pan's Labyrinth -- that IS my favorite movie of two years ago. Alternatively, depending upon my mood, I'll watch that movie with Krisetn Bell and Russell Brand that Apatow produced, if it is already on DVD.

P.S. W+A, while I like Babel I thought it was easily the least of the "Three Amigos'" movies that year. I'f you've not seen Children of Men or, even better, Pan's Labyrinth, get on it. Astounding films, especially the latter.
I saw Pineapple Express on Wednesday. It wasn't my first choice. I give it a C, which is lower than the early yahoo reviews. Lots of laughs and plenty of drug related humor, but the story line was just too weak and unimaginative to make it great. The movie probably would be much better if you smoked 'em before you went.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
A couple of nights ago, Gone Bayby, Gone -- GREAT! One of the best movies of last year.

I think tonight I am going to re-watch Pan's Labyrinth -- that IS my favorite movie of two years ago. Alternatively, depending upon my mood, I'll watch that movie with Krisetn Bell and Russell Brand that Apatow produced, if it is already on DVD.

P.S. W+A, while I like Babel I thought it was easily the least of the "Three Amigos'" movies that year. I'f you've not seen Children of Men or, even better, Pan's Labyrinth, get on it. Astounding films, especially the latter.



winetarelli, thanks for the heads-up. I have really fallen down on the job of movie watching the last couple of years.

I will indeed seek these out.
Shine a Light (Stones/Scorsese). I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. Jagger was in fine form and Richards actually played guitar instead of just posing. With the exception of Start Me Up and Satisfaction, the setlist was excellent, and Scorsese knows how to make movies. Recommended, especially for fans.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
At the theater: The Dark Knight

On DVD: Ratatouille, True Grit, The Devil Wears Prada, Lawrence of Arabia.

Talk about an eclectic mix!


Lawrence of Arabia is wonderful, hope you enjoyed it. I had the chance to see it on the big screen a couple of years ago, and it's on my very short list of best movies ever made.
Recently saw the recent Batman movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Last night saw Hancock and was much less impressed. Had received some Fandango bucks at Christmas and finally taking the time to use them. Should come in handy when the Oscar potentials start coming out this fall. Looking forward to the new Pacino/De Niro film.
Raging Bull and There Will Be Blood. While they are very different stories, what I liked most about each was the same: first-rate performances by the leading actors (DeNiro & Lewis) and interesting insights into aberrative (paranoid, malicious, self-destructive) behavior. Both get the thumbs up.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
What did my fellow movie fans think of The Departed?


I felt it was good, and everyone acted well. But it wasn't anywhere near a masterpiece. There have been at least 5 Scorsese movies I've liked more, as well as several movies released that year that I liked more. Deffinitely worth seeing, but not excellent by any means, imo.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
What did my fellow movie fans think of The Departed?


I felt it was good, and everyone acted well. But it wasn't anywhere near a masterpiece. There have been at least 5 Scorsese movies I've liked more, as well as several movies released that year that I liked more. Deffinitely worth seeing, but not excellent by any means, imo.


Agreed it is not his best film and I kinda felt the same way the first time I watched it. It's one of those movies like a Pulp Fiction where everytime I watch it I don't growed bored of the film but actually like it more. That makes it an excellent movie imo.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
A couple of nights ago, Gone Bayby, Gone -- GREAT! One of the best movies of last year.

I think tonight I am going to re-watch Pan's Labyrinth -- that IS my favorite movie of two years ago. Alternatively, depending upon my mood, I'll watch that movie with Krisetn Bell and Russell Brand that Apatow produced, if it is already on DVD.

P.S. W+A, while I like Babel I thought it was easily the least of the "Three Amigos'" movies that year. I'f you've not seen Children of Men or, even better, Pan's Labyrinth, get on it. Astounding films, especially the latter.


Agreed Gone Baby Gone and Pan's Labyrinth are two great movies, I been hyping up Pan's ever since I watch it.
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Originally posted by zwine:
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
A couple of nights ago, Gone Bayby, Gone -- GREAT! One of the best movies of last year.

I think tonight I am going to re-watch Pan's Labyrinth -- that IS my favorite movie of two years ago. Alternatively, depending upon my mood, I'll watch that movie with Krisetn Bell and Russell Brand that Apatow produced, if it is already on DVD.

P.S. W+A, while I like Babel I thought it was easily the least of the "Three Amigos'" movies that year. I'f you've not seen Children of Men or, even better, Pan's Labyrinth, get on it. Astounding films, especially the latter.


Agreed Gone Baby Gone and Pan's Labyrinth are two great movies, I been hyping up Pan's ever since I watch it.


So have I. Such an amazing film.
fully agreed. lots of wine and beautifully realistic shots of barcelona. and the chicks aren't half bad either... Wink

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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by TBird:


vicky christina barcelona


We just saw it this morning, and enjoyed it greatly.

KSC02, required to see soon. Excellent shots of Spain, lots of wine drinking, LOTS of serious Expressionist Art, wonderful Spanish guitar, AND beautiful women staring in the movie! Cool

I can not wait until next Spring.
talk about NOT so subtle subliminal influencing...we RAN from the theater to the nearest wine bar!
and then back to my place...
Eek Cool

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Originally posted by wine+art:
TBird,

I did notice the Palacios Les Terrasses they were drinking, but most of the wine was white and made me thirsty! Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:
KSC02, required to see soon. Excellent shots of Spain, lots of wine drinking, LOTS of serious Expressionist Art, wonderful Spanish guitar, AND beautiful women staring in the movie! Cool

I can not wait until next Spring.


Eek Penelope Cruz?! Gotta be worth seeing, if not just for her! Wink

Saw the trailor. Looks good. Thanks for the heads up. I will be sure to see this soon. Smile
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Originally posted by KSC02:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
KSC02, required to see soon. Excellent shots of Spain, lots of wine drinking, LOTS of serious Expressionist Art, wonderful Spanish guitar, AND beautiful women staring in the movie! Cool

I can not wait until next Spring.


Eek Penelope Cruz?! Gotta be worth seeing, if not just for her! Wink

Saw the trailor. Looks good. Thanks for the heads up. I will be sure to see this soon. Smile
Not to mention Scarlett Johannson. Props to fellow hab Ryan Reynolds, Scarjo is one hell of an upgrade from Alanis Morissette. Cool
totally agreed, and the "real" story shows he was even stupider( Big Grin) than the onscreen version. hard to imagine. but it did make one fine film. one of my favorites that year.

last night: the dead girl. i thought it was pretty good for something that went completely under my radar. Confused

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Originally posted by steve8:
Watched Into The Wild the other night. Stupid kid, but made a pretty interesting film.
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Originally posted by Purple Teeth:
On deck - There Will Be Blood


I thought this was fantastic, but a lot of my friends were bored by it. Hope you enjoy it. You menionted Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I feel the same way about Daniel Day-Lewis. His performance in this movie is very impressive, and in my opinion, quite powerful.
i have high hopes for "burn after reading". i think i have a screening of it on tuesday. will let ya know then.

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Originally posted by wine+art:
Our last two have been stellar ( Elegy & Vicky,Christina Barcelona) and now looking for the trifecta. Cool

What does the forum recommend?
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by sprnplr:
Beerfest.


I thought this was better then super troopers ...

Meow.

Super Troopers had its moments. The maple syrup chugging scene for example. Big Grin

Last night I treated to the kids to back-to-back showings of
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
and
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
The first was clearly superior. Wink Popcorn
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
King of California

and Super Troopers is WAY better than Beerfest.

I liked King of California, but I was shocked at how skinny and wasted Michael Douglas looked in it. I hope he just did that for the role.


I assume the look was for the roll, he fit it well. He really impressed me, I never really gave him credit but that was some acting.

The girl was very good as well.
Saw "The Band's Visit" --
Story about an Egyptian police band lost in Israel.
Largely in English, but when it switches to Hebrew or Arabic there are subtitles, of course.
A wonderful movie....sentimental, funny, warm, clever. All wrapped into 90 minutes or so.
Netflix.
I recommend this.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Saw "The Band's Visit" --
Story about an Egyptian police band lost in Israel.
Largely in English, but when it switches to Hebrew or Arabic there are subtitles, of course.
A wonderful movie....sentimental, funny, warm, clever. All wrapped into 90 minutes or so.
Netflix.
I recommend this.


Excellent movie.

Rental?
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by gigabit:

The Pink Panther Strikes Again


It has been awhile since I watched, but laughed just thinking about it! Big Grin

The scene on the parallel bars is one of the funniest moments in movie history.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Off to see Christina Vicky Barcelona this afternoon.

...and what did you think?

Very well done! Casting, cinematography and music were excellent IMO.
I enjoyed the movie very much.
I'm ready to go to Spain! Cool

Funny thing I did notice: Not one person held their wine glass by the stem. Good lord! Keep your hands off the bowl. Big Grin
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Funny thing I did notice: Not one person held their wine glass by the stem. Good lord! Keep your hands off the bowl. Big Grin

Hey, Scarlett Johanasson can hold it anyway she wants! Razz

Please avoid being ambiguous.
By it, are you referring to your the bowl or stem? Confused Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
quote:
Originally posted by KSC02:
Funny thing I did notice: Not one person held their wine glass by the stem. Good lord! Keep your hands off the bowl. Big Grin

Hey, Scarlett Johanasson can hold it anyway she wants! Razz

Please avoid being ambiguous.
By it, are you referring to your the bowl or stem? Confused Wink


Really depends who we are talking about. ( one hand or two)

That said, I repeat, she can hold it as she damn well pleases. <empty suit razz>
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
Haven't seen it in a while and couldn't believe it's been over 20 years already. Yet the movie's theme remains very contemporary.

That's because, primarily, the game remains the same. Wink
So true.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Choke


How was it?

Two nights ago I saw Iron Man. I'm ambivelant on it. 10 minutes in I knew every single plot point and how the movie would end... because I've seen "this movie" 100 times. That said, Iron Man is better than 90%+ of those movies in most regards -- better acting, better dialouge, etc. The villain, who, again, you instantly know is the villain the second he first appears on screen, it is revealed is cartoonishly evil at the very end -- and the final battle leaves a bit to be desired. Those reservations aside, however, the movie is entertaining so I reccomend it for mindless fun. But this isn't a good movie the way some other super hero / action/adventure movies are. (eg. Dark Knight or Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Went to see the movie "Helvitica". It is about the eponymous font. The rise and fall and resurrection of a type of type.

I slept through a good portion of the movie. The parts for which I was awake, were really boring.
Perhaps the most boring, stupid movie I've ever seen.
Frown i had high expectations for it when it first came out...it came and went pretty fast so i am pretty sure your review is spot on...bummer... Frown

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Originally posted by steve8:
The Happening. What a pile of crap...except for Zooey Deschanel's beautiful blue eyes. M. Night Shy...whatever his name is, is an overrated director. He got lucky with Sixth Sense.
Watched Burn After Reading this past weekend. I found it very entertaining (I’m a pretty easy movie critic for what it’s worth). Typical quirkiness you would expect from the Coen brothers. Brad Pitt was actually pretty funny. I find he is at his best when he is playing more of an odd character (Snatch/Fight Club/etc). Anyways, I would recommend if you are looking for a laugh.
My daughter wanted to rent Across the Universe. Eh, she's into musicals these days.
I thought it would be some pos like Moulin Rouge!, but it turned out to have a decent story to go with it, and some good singing by an attractive cast of unknowns (to me, anyway.)
Proof of Life - A fairly decent movie about a US oil company worker who is kidnapped in a South American country, and the ransom negotiator (Russell Crowe) who works with the wife to secure his return.

Two little bones to pick: (1) None of the special forces trained operatives seem to have heard of this wonderful device called a "silencer" which you can put on a gun instead of having to use a knife; and (2) when infiltrating an enemy post, it is usually better to do so at night, especially if you have access to high-tech equipment and the enemy does not.
I enjoyed the movie. There are scenes which are not for the faint of heart, as you get an indepth picture of some of the atrocities which have taken place as a result of rebel groups financed by "conflict diamonds". Frankly, you get the impression (much like watching Black Hawk Down or Hotel Rwanda) that some countries in Africa are simply hopeless; and that the lives in these countries are, as Thomas Hobbes said: "nasty, brutish, and short."

I liked Leonardo DiCaprio in this movie (I'm not one of his biggest fans), and I liked Djimon Hounsou as well (although there were certain scenes with him that drove me crazy since the character did not always act rationally).

I would recommend watching.
Saw the movie "W".
A blend of truth and fiction, but you can't tell what is true and what is phony. I am sure some people think it is all true, and that irritates me.
I'd like to see Oliver Stone do a movie about Ted Kennedy, with truths, half-truths, and lies.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
quote:
Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
Rounders (for about the 25th time). Great story and acting... I really love this flick.


I concur.

So what do you think KGB had in the final hand? Pocket Aces, or 10's?


Still trying to figure that out. Maybe that's why I keep watching this movie! Wink

"He beat me. Straight up. Pay him. Pay that man his money."
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Originally posted by gigabit:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
Casino Royale.

I watched it for the second time last night. Very enjoyable. Thanks to Daniel Craig, James Bond is less nonsense and more substance.


Has anyone seen Quantum Solace yet? If so, how does it compare to Casino Royale?
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Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
Saw Sling Blade the other night... haven't seen it in a long time and was glued to the TV. For reasons I'm still trying to figure out, this one's in my Top Ten of all time.

"Where ya' goin' with all that warsh?" Big Grin
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Originally posted by gigabit:
quote:
Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
Saw Sling Blade the other night... haven't seen it in a long time and was glued to the TV. For reasons I'm still trying to figure out, this one's in my Top Ten of all time.

"Where ya' goin' with all that warsh?" Big Grin


"Like them french fried taters, Mmmm, hmmm" Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Last night:
Scarface
Perfect Stranger

Tonight:
The Professional


Daym!!! Didn't know you were a gangsta K?! Makes me want to pop in my copy, maybe tomorrow eve?



Just saw Changeling. Loved it, 3 1/2 stars. Not oscar-worthy, but it's paced much like Million Dollar Baby, and I hope Eastwood lives to be 150, so I can keep enjoying his films. IMO, he'll be spoken of in the same breath as Allen, Truffaut or Kurosawa in the history books.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Grand Canyon


How did you like this? And, curious how it compared for you to Crash??



Indy, I saw the movie on release, and think I enjoyed it more this time around, perhaps due to being 17 years older. Red Face

I did see similarities with Crash, but think the goal of each movie was different.

How about you...
Interesting. While most did love it, I was never a big proponent of Crash, and thought it to be an R-Rated ABC After School Special; a retooling of the better (IMO, Wink) GC. In other words, nothing new. But it has been many years, worth seeing both again.

How did the goal differ for you with these films?

Thx,
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Originally posted by indybob:


How did the goal differ for you with these films?




I thought Grand Canyon was much more Pop Art like... it was showing us our self in a hyper format, yet allows you the viewer to judge/decide.

I thought Crash had an agenda, and was not open to allowing the viewer to judge/decide.
Watched the new Bond this weekend. As expected, action was awesome, story and everything else average. I would give it B- just because it was entertaining and I like Craig as bond. I wish they would let bond use his charm a little more instead of just kicking ass all the time. Also, I was not a big fan of the new bond girl. Cute girl but they should have made her more feminine, if that makes any sense. With that said, it’s a fun 2 hours and if you’re in the mood for action, I would recommend it.

Should disclose that I didn’t like Casino Royale as much as most. I couldn’t get over the cheesy poker scenes. I gave CR a C+ in comparison.
I've been sick for the past 10 days and one of the local cable movie channels is doing a James Bond retrospective. The other night I saw On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which I hadn't seen for a long time. I forgot that JB (George Lazenby) actually got married in that one. Eek
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Originally posted by steve8:
I've been sick for the past 10 days and one of the local cable movie channels is doing a James Bond retrospective. The other night I saw On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which I hadn't seen for a long time. I forgot that JB (George Lazenby) actually got married in that one. Eek


10 days! Red Face

Wow, I have never been sick for more than a few days.

Steve, get well soon my friend, then come on down to Dallas. It was 75 and sunny today. Wink
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
Board-O, those questions can be asked to any group of voters in any election year, and you'll still get the same answers.

Agreed.

You should see when the Canadian show "This Hour has 60 Minutes" goes to Washington to ask people very simple questions about Canada.

Similar results, my friend. Roll Eyes

Mentality of the masses
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Mad Max


You must follow up, of course, with the Road Warrior.

This is still one of my favorite action movies ever. It just flows so well.

And the stunts are amazing.

"Two days ago, I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You want to get out of here? You talk to me."
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Mad Max


You must follow up, of course, with the Road Warrior.

This is still one of my favorite action movies ever. It just flows so well.

And the stunts are amazing.

"Two days ago, I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You want to get out of here? You talk to me."

...and be sure to follow up with Mad Max 3.

"Two men enter, one man leave."
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I do hope you are joking.

MM3 destroyed the franchise, in my opinion.

What?! You didn't think that Tina Turner was amazing as Aunty Entity? Wink

Actually Rothko, I agree with you. MM3 started out very well, and then quickly spiraled into a pile of pig manure, literally. Big Grin
I owed the wife one so we went and watched Easy Virtue on Friday night. It wasn’t as much of a chick flick as I expected, but it wasn’t good either. Jessica Biel was easy on the eyes as always (easily in my top 5), but the story was choppy and seemed a bit forced. C

Yesterday while nursing a cold on the couch we watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Really random movie here that had an odd pace to it. There were some laugh out loud scenes but overall it was totally cliché and somewhat boring. C-
Movie called "The Arranged." An Orthodox Jewish woman teacher and a Moslem women teacher work at the same school and become friends and share many common experiences as they both wrestle with their parents' cultural desire for them to be the bride in an arranged marriage. 90 minutes.
(no sex, no one is knifed or shot, and there is no profanity)
A very nice movie. Netflix.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Movie called "The Arranged." An Orthodox Jewish woman teacher and a Moslem women teacher work at the same school and become friends and share many common experiences as they both wrestle with their parents' cultural desire for them to be the bride in an arranged marriage. 90 minutes.
(no sex, no one is knifed or shot, and there is no profanity)
A very nice movie. Netflix.
So do they end up kissing or what? Cool Big Grin
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Originally posted by mareff:
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Originally posted by shavez:
The Bourne Ultimatum. Great flick.


Great compared to what? I will state that the action scenes were great but besides that, euh!


Well, I imagine most people watch this movie for the action, so therefore...

I agree that it's no classic, but I really find it highly entertaining.

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