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Old 01-10-2014, 08:59 AM   #381
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Some quick ratings for movies I've seen recently:

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"- An OK movie. I much preferred the first one though. I think Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law do have great on-screen chemistry as Holmes and Watson in both. 3 out of 5 stars.

"The Campaign"- A funny movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's not one of Will Ferrell's best, but he and Zach Galifianakis manage to elicit some nice laughs. The baby punching scene is the best! 3.5 out 5 stars.

"The Wolverine"- Another addition to the X-Men/Wolverine series. I liked it better than the other Wolverine movie as it does capture a lot of the feel of the solo Wolverine comic book. Hugh Jackman plays a good Wolverine and fits the role nicely. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

"Date Night"- Starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. It's about a couple who tries to reignite their relationship by doing something different and out of the ordinary routine of their lives which leads to some mistaken identity hijinks in the city. I adore Tina Fey (I think she's cute as all hell) and I love Steve Carrell. A good comedy pairing for a decent movie. 3 out of 5 stars.

"Despicable Me 2"- I really liked the first one a lot. This one seemed to lose a little of the charm of the first one, but was still an OK movie, especially for the kids. 3 out of 5 stars.
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That sounds like every Scorsese biopic
Yep - Wolf was sort of like GoodFellas goes to Wall Street but in GoodFellas everyone ends up in the witness protection program, jail or whacked - plus GoodFellas was a much tighter movie than the sprawling Wolf

At least in The Departed the characters played by Leo, Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg had more positive than negative attributes
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:09 AM   #383
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"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"- An OK movie. I much preferred the first one though. I think Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law do have great on-screen chemistry as Holmes and Watson in both. 3 out of 5 stars.
I turned this on a week or so ago while my wife and I were just lounging around while stoned. About half way through, she looks at the tv, looks at me, then asks, "What is this wank?"

We both liked the first movie, but didn't much care for this one. The movie would've been more realistic if RDJ and Jude Law just got it over with and boned.

I just saw "Jack Reacher" the other day. There were some decent action scenes, specifically the car chase about halfway into the movie. However, once
 
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Saw American Hustle first
I wish I had.

I probably would have enjoyed it more then.

It was pretty great once the main 'hustle' got started (about an hour+ in) up until its resolution. Most of the bookends of the film seemed like it was 'winking at audience' though.

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Even though most everyone in American Hustle was running a con, most everyone also had redeeming qualities of some sort that made them somewhat likable
More or less.

It was a character driven film, I just don't get what the 'point' (or moral) was. It seemed disjointed; like a bad Altman film.

Great characters, aimless plot.

I'll probably have to watch it again in a few years to get a better feel for it.

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I also thought Wolf was too long (almost 3 hours) and could have used better editing - scenes such as when Jonah Hill and Leo eat too many ludes were initially entertaining and then became interminable for me - that may explain why the release was delayed from early November until Christmas so they could get it out in time to qualify for this year's Oscars
Agreed. Scorsese could have cut 20 minutes easy. It felt shorter than Hustle since it kept me entertained longer, but it dragged in the last 30 minutes-to an hour. Scorsese has a problem ending some his films; many end chaotically or semi-abruptly.

I heard with the delayed release he changed the ending to show how/why the people 'get away with it'.

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I had high hopes for Wolf but by the end thought it was just unlikable people doing unlikable things to each other while all the investors they ruined were kept offscreen - I guess the moral was that Wall Street has no moral boundaries and good does not always triumph over evil but I already knew that
Agree with @JonM229. With rare exception, Scorsese doesn't like to 'spoon feed' people and paint moral tapestries. It's not his style.

He just shows stuff as is and lets to decide how to feel about it. That's why it feels 'glamorized'.

I didn't like anyone in Wolf, but I didn't feel I had to. The film felt more like 'true empathy', that is 'walking in ones shoes'. The guilty parties didn't consider the repercussions of their actions and don't deserve sympathy.

There's no moral to the story, merely a slightly exaggerate depiction of the story itself. Tacking on some moral Frank Capra style would seem more disingenuous.

The journey felt better than the destination and Scorsese's 'pull no punches'/100 mph style is what made it work. Maybe I'm just giving the man too much credit though (bias)?

Scorsese is like Tarantino where there is a distinctive style that does repeat itself, but when it works it's just sooooooo good that I don't care.
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Scorsese is like Tarantino where there is a distinctive style that does repeat itself, but when it works it's just sooooooo good that I don't care.
As my interest flagged during the last half-hour or so of Wolf I started thinking how the style reminded me of how Tarantino would depict Wall Street with regard to turning the volume up to 11 on every scene (e.g. - the epic shootout at the end of Django Unchained)

Sometimes there is something to be said for not hitting every shot with a driver

For those considering Wolf, i am not saying it was a bad movie - lots of great set pieces, just thought it was repetitive
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i watched The Departed for the umpteenth time over the holidays. it reminded me (not that i needed reminded) what a good actor dicaprio is, and has me really wanting to see Wolf on Wallstreet. I also watched Casino (for the millionth time).

i tend to like long drawn out movies, so i think i will like it.
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speaking of movies with matt damon (i also watched dogma over the break) i cant wait to see Monuments Men w/ goerge clooney.
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i watched The Departed for the umpteenth time over the holidays. it reminded me (not that i needed reminded) what a good actor dicaprio is, and has me really wanting to see Wolf on Wallstreet.
Did you ever see "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"?

DiCaprio AND Depp.

Leo was good even back then. And, he looks the same.
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Did you ever see "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"?

DiCaprio AND Depp.

Leo was good even back then. And, he looks the same.
fantastic movie

i think the movie that finally made me take notice of decaprio was "catch me if you can". that is a great movie
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Did you ever see "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"?

DiCaprio AND Depp.

Leo was good even back then. And, he looks the same.
See it?

I have every one of arnies lines memorized.

Don't forget George mcfly and Dewey cox were in it too.
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