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    Quote Originally posted by SW MI Planner View post
    Seriously, where have I been?! Congrats on the engagement
    I noticed that Rygor was using the F-word too. Thought maybe I'd missed the announcement.
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    Quote Originally posted by SW MI Planner View post
    Seriously, where have I been?! Congrats on the engagement
    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I noticed that Rygor was using the F-word too. Thought maybe I'd missed the announcement.
    Ha ha! Thanks. We've been engaged over 3 months now but I guess I forgot to make a formal announcement here.
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    Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy

    I took myself to see The Dark Knight Rises after work yesterday and loved it. I enjoyed it so much that when my wife and daughter got home later that evening I was trying to convince my wife to get a sitter so we could go see it again.

    Over the weekend my wife and I watched the first two again and after doing so, I think the first one is still my favorite. The Scarecrow was really an underrated character and probably the most interesting of all of the villains. And more enjoyable to watch than Heath Ledger's Joker (I still prefer Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger in that role). The first iteration in this trilogy was definitely the darkest, thanks to the hallucination scenes, and I think that's why I like it the most still.

    This latest one seemed to have the strongest story but I didn't really care for Bane. He was just too unbelievable - maybe it was the dumb mask thing across his mouth and nose. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was awesome in his role as a police detective and Anne Hathaway may indeed be one of the hottest actresses in theatres these days. The best part of this movie however was the ending. It was a perfect ending for the trilogy.
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    I don't recommend The Campaign. Will Ferrell plays a character which is an basically an unfunny version of Ron Burgundy. Zach Galifinikis is good for most of the laughs, but not enough to make it make it more than a rental IMO

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    In case I forgot to mention it, I saw Saturday Night Fever for the first time ever a week or so ago. I just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I still don't know. I don't think there was a single likeable character in that whole movie, there was only one decent dancing scene, and the plot was lacking. I'd like that two hours of my life back, please.
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    In case I forgot to mention it, I saw Saturday Night Fever for the first time ever a week or so ago. I just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I still don't know. I don't think there was a single likeable character in that whole movie, there was only one decent dancing scene, and the plot was lacking. I'd like that two hours of my life back, please.
    Me, too, and I saw it (once was enough) way back when. Same with "Urban Cowboy". Yawn.

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    Saw The Bourne Legacy last weekend. It's...ok...but the movie spends so much time trying to establish the background for what's going on that it doesn't have a chance to develop the characters any, and, even with that, you'd be totally lost if you haven't seen the three previous Bourne movies (and especially the third one).
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Saw The Bourne Legacy last weekend. It's...ok...but the movie spends so much time trying to establish the background for what's going on that it doesn't have a chance to develop the characters any, and, even with that, you'd be totally lost if you haven't seen the three previous Bourne movies (and especially the third one).
    I saw this one too. I liked it, but thought parts of it were too long/copies of elements from the previous Bourne movies. Overall one thumb up, if I'd paid full price might have been disappointed. Did like the fact that it leaves open the chance for either Cross or Bourne to return in the next movie. Possibly both!!
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    I've watched a number of films this past week due to the bed rest. Thank god for cable!

    Two of the best I saw were: Paris, je t'aime. It is 20 vignettes about life in the various neighborhoods of Paris. Each vignette is only a five minutes long. I enjoyed almost all of the stories and the cinematography was wonderful. It made me want to go back to Paris and wander about.

    Fish Tank is the other film. I saw it the other day and am still thinking about it. It is about a 15 yo girl growing up in the London projects. Her mother gets a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender ) and the girl's life changes. It is like a train wreck where you can't look away.

    I would recommend both.
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    I have seen:

    Argo
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Les Mis


    Of the three I like Les Mis the best. Not that the other two weren't great... they were just more blah to me. Maybe it is the theater guy in me, but Les Mis was great.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    Maybe it is the theater guy in me, but Les Mis was great.
    Must...bite...tongue....mmppphhhfff.
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    Saw The Imposter this weekend on Netflix.

    Great documentary! Shot with an eye towards drama, the movie plays out over several months, and pulls you in. Even though you figure out how it ends - and you're supposed to! - , you still can't look away. Two thumbs up!
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    My wife and I saw Admission on a date yesterday...meh...it was OK, but nothing amazing. But could have been worse were it not for Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Must...bite...tongue....mmppphhhfff.
    Boo... hiss
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    Saw "Silver Linings Playbook" last night. Amazing. De Niro, Cooper, and Lawrence were spectacular. It was funny, sad, and just the right amount of sarcasm.

    Probably one of the best movies I have seen in years.
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    Discussing movies with a neighbor couple we were out with on Saturday, and the neighbor lady asked about "Safe Haven", which we had seen. I remarked (I think fairly) that I didn't think it was any good but that Julianne Hough isn't hard to look at so her husband would tolerate seeing the movie. In retribution I was forced to watch G.I. Joe Retaliation so my wife could remark how easy it was to watch Dwayne Johnson throughout the movie. I really love her sometimes.

    By the way, skip both the movies in this post. 2 stars each except for the pretty people in them. The best part of G.I. Joe is watching some fairly good actors deliver lines like "Where is Cobra Commander?"
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    Am I the only heterosexual male who pictures a three way with me, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis when watching Oz: The Great and Powerful. And they would be in full witch costume.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Am I the only heterosexual male who pictures a three way with me, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis when watching Oz: The Great and Powerful. And they would be in full witch costume.
    Nope.
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    So we watched 'Divergent' about a month ago. The film depicts a dystopian future where society is based on castes centered on one's personality characteristics: the castes include Abnegation (selflessness) - perform leadership functions, Erudition - perform knowledge functions, Dauntless - police and defense functions, Candor - performed judicial functions, and kindness - they didn't talk about this one much but showed them doing farm work.

    So young adults have to choose which caste they'll be in for the rest of their lives and they test everyone to determine where they belong. The test works 99.9% of the time but on rare occasions people test with multiple personality aptitudes and they label these types 'divergents'. Naturally, the Established Order feels these sorts are a threat and want them gone.

    I found the movie somewhat predictable and the acting was sub-par for several of the leads. Also the ending provided little in the way of denouement. Still, there was enough interesting story-telling to adequately sustain viewer interest for two hours. I give it a C +
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    So we watched 'Divergent' about a month ago. The film depicts a dystopian future where society is based on castes centered on one's personality characteristics: the castes include Abnegation (selflessness) - perform leadership functions, Erudition - perform knowledge functions, Dauntless - police and defense functions, Candor - performed judicial functions, and kindness - they didn't talk about this one much but showed them doing farm work.

    So young adults have to choose which caste they'll be in for the rest of their lives and they test everyone to determine where they belong. The test works 99.9% of the time but on rare occasions people test with multiple personality aptitudes and they label these types 'divergents'. Naturally, the Established Order feels these sorts are a threat and want them gone.

    I found the movie somewhat predictable and the acting was sub-par for several of the leads. Also the ending provided little in the way of denouement. Still, there was enough interesting story-telling to adequately sustain viewer interest for two hours. I give it a C +
    I read the book and wanted to like it, but I ended up thinking it was "somewhat predictable" as well and don't feel inspired to read the last two (unless someone gave them to me for free). It sounds like the movie was similar.

    Also the "Amity" group (kindness) always made me think of Amityville Horror...

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    Saw "Kingsman: the Secret Service" yesterday. I give it three stars. Mrs. Maister gave it one and a half stars because she found it much too violent and didn't care for the gratuitous Swedish princess joke/scene. The movie was reminiscent of the earliest James Bond movies with the spy gadgetry and the over the top impossibly wealthy mad scientist bad guy (played deftly tongue and cheek by Samuel Jackson), but appealed to modern audiences with the multiple super high action scenes.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    We took Junior to see "Home" yesterday as sort of a fun thing to do on the last day of vacation thing. He seemed to enjoy the movie well enough. I'd grudgingly give it two stars, and that only because Steve Martin's character was rather droll.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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