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    I saw "Superman Returns" yesterday and was truly disappointed by it. Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey were good in their respective roles as Superman and Lex Luthor, but the story/plot was pure crap.
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    Results from a recent vacation movie binge (one to five stars):

    Rumor Has It: 2.5 stars. Jennifer Anniston and Kevin Costner together was downright creepy
    Just Friends: 3.5. Some funny moments and Ryan Reynolds is actually a pretty funny guy.
    The Matador: 4 stars. pierce Brosnan is excellent and this is one of those flicks that keep you guessing until the end.
    16 Blocks: 3 stars. Suspenseful, but promising plot line doesn't reach its potential. Bruce Willis and Mos Def are rather boring.
    Fun with Dick and Jane 3.5 stars. Pretty funny with good commentary on Enron-type companies.
    An Inconvenient Truth 5 stars. A must-see.

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    Anyone Else Lost In Syriana?

    Rented Syriana the other day. The few people I've talked to who've seen it rave about it, say it is confusing but it all comes together in the end. I just had more questions in the end. The acting was very good, but I'm not sure what I was suppose to take away from it. After it was over my husband and I were tired and we didn't really discuss it. Then, right before he turned off the bedroom light the last thing he said to me was "if you have time tomorrow could you search online to try to find out what the hell that was about?" But I haven't had any luck. Ebert says you aren't suppose to be able to figure it out, cause mideast oil is so convoluted it can't be figured out, and you aren't suppose to know who's good and who's bad. I usually like movies that make me think, but this was a disappointment. Anybody else with me?

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    Devil Wears Prada

    Anyone seen it yet?
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    Transamerica

    Rented Transamerica last night, and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. It is out there, and there is a scene that catches you off guard where you see Felicity Huffman peeing with her fake weiner. But all the characters seemed like they could be real people... with really screwed up problems. The transgendered Huffman's character may be the least screwed up character, and he/she is very likable. Thumbs up!

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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek
    Anyone seen it yet?
    No, but it's on my list. I LOVED the book!
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    No comments yet about "Pirates"???

    We went to see it over the weekend. I thought it was too long and that Depp didn't have enough dialog.. I thought that was the best part of the first one. Make Up must have had a devil of a time keeping everyone that dirty...

    Over all it was ok but I will wait for reviews before I go to the third one.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    Farmers, Communism

    Here are three more flicks to catch, if you get a moment or two. Central theme is farming, although they each generated some controversy for other reasons (such as communism ideals).

    Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
    A really nice Edward G. Robinson film from about 1945. He is a farmer in a small town in Wisconsin. The residents, and Robinson's family, deal with a number of issues. During a thunderstorm, lightning strikes a neighbor's barn. Robinson has to enter the blazing structure and shoot all of the cattle, so they do not suffer a horrible death by fire.

    Later in the film, at a church service, local residents take up a money collection for the family that lost everything. Not much money is thrown in the basket so Robinson's 7-year old daughter donates her prize calf. Others in the church pews start to chime in with animal and hay donations. It is a tear-jerker that critics charged with promoting communism ideals.

    Get a life, critics.

    The Good Earth
    Critics (again) blasted this movie because the actors were portraying Chinese peasants.....American actors. Get a life, again. Studios in the 1930's used their stock players.....and they were caucasian Americans.

    The story is very good, especially an incredible scene that has black clouds of locusts moving toward the growing crops.

    Our Daily Bread
    Another Commie Pinko movie, from the 1930's. The young married couple are jobless and homeless in the big city so they start a journey out to the country. They start to farm some land, others join them, and it turns in to a huge farming commune. Everybody is doing their share, all of the money and farming crops are shared.

    Along comes the pretty girl who seduces the young man and almost financially destroys the commune. (She is obviously a metaphor for the "ills" of a capalistic and greedy society. )

    The final scene is as classic as you will ever see in world cinema.....the crops are dying and need water. About five miles away is a small creek. As a last ditch effort to save the crops all of the commune members (husbands, wives, children) begin digging an irrigation ditch. The black and white movie has great scenes of the laborers using picks and shovels.....in good Commie Pinko unison.....to create the ditch from a small damn they erect (with trees they chop down).

    One scene even has a small bridge (aqueduct) taking the water over another dry stream bed. As the water is rushing friom the dammed area the Commie Pinkos stand together under the aqueduct and hold it up.

    All during the rush of water over the five miles the commune members are running alongside, throwing piles of mud in places where the water is flying out of the ditch, diverting the flow where the curve is too tight. As the water finally reaches the water-starved crops the choir music kicks in.....a blast from heaven, if you will.....and the commune members play and splash and generally know they will now not starve to death.

    If you ever get the chance, watch this movie.....especially the last 15 minutes. You will probably want to join the revolution right afterwards.

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    Movies

    I'm looking for some good movies to watch. I was thinking something along the Lines of an Inconvienent Truth or Who Killed the Electric Car. Basically new urbanist hippie type stuff, you know what i mean.

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    Quote Originally posted by Queen B
    No comments yet about "Pirates"???

    We went to see it over the weekend. I thought it was too long and that Depp didn't have enough dialog.. I thought that was the best part of the first one. Make Up must have had a devil of a time keeping everyone that dirty...

    Over all it was ok but I will wait for reviews before I go to the third one.
    I LOVED it! Saw it twice and may see it for a third time this weekend.
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    Also saw "Pirates" this past weekend and had a good time. For me, it probably won't hold up to multiple viewings, but it was a good flick, nonetheless.

    Rented The Matador (with Peirce Brasnon? and Greg Kinnear). It was...well....meh....kinda slow with little to keep be interested.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Never thought I'd say this, but i saw miami vice this weekend and thought it was incredible. It was a serious movie- those guys don't mess around with being sentimental. Punch the clock, go to work, get the job done. Serious movie about serious people. Helluva fun movie. A warning- kinda bloody, though. And an utter, refreshing, lack of one-liners.

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    Thirteen Days

    Last night I pulled out the videotape of "Thirteen Days". As the news from Cuba remains in our current events view, I thought it a good time to remind myself of the incredible events of October, 1962. In those 13 days (that shook the world) the world was closer to nuclear war than ever before.

    The movie won some awards and also won some critical blasting because it does have a "little" bit of an anti-military slant. But, to the best of this ole' Bear's knowledge, almost all of the dialogue and events were portrayed based on written documents and film clips from that time.

    The movie is done well, acted well. The main character (not JFK) is played by Kevin Costner, and some critics have said that the person he is portraying did not have as much of an influence on the decisions made during that time as the movie shows. All the same, the bottom line was that we came so very close to "the end".

    If you know your history, as part of the agreement to get the Soviet Union to remove their missles from Cuba, we agreed to never invade Cuba. (Does a line of Wal-Mart site specialists count as an invasion?)

    This Bear was 14 years old when all of this happened. I still remember all of my Catholic friends going to confession. I remember my Father having a strange and scared look in his eyes as we watched the events unfold on our black and white televisions. I still remember Walter Conkrite's phrase, when talking about the escalation and the naval blockade.....".....and if that happens, there goes the whole ball game."

    You should watch this movie and get a feel for how the world was back in 1962.

    BTW.....I don't remember exactly how the quote went.....but one of the characters (perhaps Bobby Kennedy) laments about how the world hates America.

    Watch this flick.

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    I am going to see Jesus Camp tomorrow at the Traverse City Film Festival on Lake Michigan. I can't wait!

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    I saw "Strangers with Candy" a few weeks ago. What a train wreck! Maybe one laugh in the whole movie. I did view the first season of the HBO series "Deadwood" on DVD over two weekends recently. Couldn't get enough of it. Had to make a real effort not to go and rent the second season that is out now. Last weekend saw the latest Woody Allen movie "Scoop". It would have been a much better moive without Woody. The best part of the moive was Ian McShane and the Grim Reaper.

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    I just watched an interesting documentary about the Amish entitled Devil's Playground. The film follows the lives of several Amish teens as they go through a period in their life called "rumspringa" which begins at age sixteen in which they are free to go and live as the "english" (non-Amish) do. During this time they are expected to decide whether a lifetime commitment to the Amish church is right for them or if they would prefer to join mainstream society. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...513546?ie=UTF8

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    Quote Originally posted by vaughan
    Never thought I'd say this, but i saw miami vice this weekend and thought it was incredible. It was a serious movie- those guys don't mess around with being sentimental. Punch the clock, go to work, get the job done. Serious movie about serious people. Helluva fun movie. A warning- kinda bloody, though. And an utter, refreshing, lack of one-liners.
    Needed more vice. Crockett and Tubbs didn't look like they enjoyed this line of work at all, and neither did the colombians. The guys in Heat loved their work more than these two. If everyone hates the business, what's the point of risking your life over it? In the original series the gangsters lived on yachts with dozens of women in bikinis, now that's why you become a drug smuggler!

    The cinematography was brilliant though.

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    Quote Originally posted by burnham follower
    I'm looking for some good movies to watch. I was thinking something along the Lines of an Inconvienent Truth or Who Killed the Electric Car. Basically new urbanist hippie type stuff, you know what i mean.
    Inconvienent Truth is a 90 minute Al Gore Slide show it is preachy and short on what one can do to make things better but if your into documentaries then its a good watch.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon
    Inconvienent Truth is a 90 minute Al Gore Slide show it is preachy and short on what one can do to make things better but if your into documentaries then its a good watch.
    I agree. Inconvenient Truth, frankly, annoyed the crap out of me. I may agree with a lot of stuff in it, but the preachy-ness is bound to turn people off.

    I'm dying to see Who Killed the Electric Car--I'm hearing good things about it.

    On regular movies we've been doing pretty well, with only one serious disappointment.

    Derailed: I wrote this off as Aniston crap, but it has the best thriller ending I've seen in years. Definitely worth the rental--I would have seen this in the theater.

    Transamerica: As others have said, an excellent movie that deserved more recognition.

    Pirates: left a lot to be desired. Depp was good, but others kind of stunk it up. As a sequel, it seemed pretty contrived and more like a sequel to generate money than naturally progress a story.

    Crash: I really enjoyed this one. I can't put my finger on why it was good--maybe just an overall good movie.



    I'm looking forward to Talladega Nights... I'm a huge Will Farrell fan and think he's due for a good one after the last few stinkers.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Saw Little Man the other night. Wasn't 1st choice but everything else was sold out...I thought it was hilarious.

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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon
    Inconvienent Truth is a 90 minute Al Gore Slide show it is preachy and short on what one can do to make things better but if your into documentaries then its a good watch.
    Of course it is preachy- that's the point- the movie is a wake-up call. I don't think you can address the issue without alarm. Who else has been able to lucidly identify the problem of global warming and the consequences for the planet? Certainly not the scientific community or the mainstream media IMO. I think Gore deserves a little more credit here...

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    I saw "Superman Returns" yesterday and was truly disappointed by it. Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey were good in their respective roles as Superman and Lex Luthor, but the story/plot was pure crap.
    Agreed, as I was leaving the theatre (keep in mind I'm not a big movie buff) I was saying to myself "I just wasted 2 hours of my life watching some lame apparent remake of a 1980's movie in a summary format!" It had no twists or turns, it was very predictable. Superman hangs out with Lois - Bad guys scheme to rule the world and kill superman - Superman gets beat up bad - Superman comes back kicks butt - Film ends happily with Superman flying into the sunset. Blah blah blah... about a 3.5 out of 10 for me. Outside of the plot everything seemed to work though. But what is a movie with out a plot?


    I think I'm ready to see a comedy after watching Tommy Boy over part of the weekend. Has anyone heard anything about Will Ferrell's new movie - "Talladega Nights" ? Might see that... Ricky Bobby, LOL

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    When I was at Sam's Club today, I pick up the DVD of a movie I haven't seen in years: Buckaroo Banzai, Across the Eight Dimension. I'll be viewing it this evening.
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    When I was at Sam's Club today, I pick up the DVD of a movie I haven't seen in years: Buckaroo Banzai, Across the Eight Dimension. I'll be viewing it this evening.
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    A Special Invitation From Mr. Bear

    This is a special invitation from your friend, Bear. I declare that I have the right and responsibility to move on this because I jump-started this thread.

    Over the course of the thread's life I have posted a number of times ( ) and most of those posts have rambled on about movies that are.....shall we say....."older". Not that I don't care for the movies of today.....many that I have watched are very good, indeed.....and their praises are shouted by others on this thread.

    I am not a big fan of super hero flicks, action flicks. A solid drama like "Crash" or "Mystic River" will do it for me. For comedy, I can sit back and enjoy the latest Mike Myer's "hippiefest".

    I feel my strength in my suggestions to you is in the older movies that have been a part of my somewhat long life. Which leads to the "invitation".....

    I am inviting all of you to check out some older movies. They don't have to be flicks from my posts. Just take some time in the next year (easier to cozy up with a "blankie" and a movie when it is cold outside) and watch a Bette Davis movie or a James Cagney gangster shoot-em-up or a politcal movie made during the infamous Cold War (such as "Doctor Strangelove") or one of the fun movies from the early 1970's, when Hollywood was finally uncovering counter-cultures, boobs, and sex.

    Over the years there have been tons of incredible movies that have graced the screens of the world. Open thy eyes.....every time you look forward to a new movie, remember to take the time to gaze back at the older movies.

    Ohhh......BTW.....get over that black and white thing.

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