“^No. That’s one of the few remaining that I haven’t seen.”
Get on it Santino! it’s really good!
The King’s Speech – 3 stars
Every Man for Himself/Sauve qui peut (la vie) 1980
Jean-Luc Godard’s very personal rumination
@ Joks – Mike Spence will have to lend me his VHS copy.
Otherwise, I’ll have to wait for Criterion to release it on Blu-ray.
Hoffa (1992) 5/5
Wonderful performances by both DeVito and Nicholson. Spectacular cinematography and beautiful soundtrack by David Newman.
Falling Down (1993) 3/5
Somehow disappointing film. I definitely expected more after reading good reviews. Joel Schumacher once again showed that he is very inconsistent as a director. Additional star for Robert Duvall. He’s always great to watch.
MONEYBALL: Disappointing. Don’t get the fuss about this. Matt Park’s review made it sound WAAAAY more interesting than what it ultimately was. The whole ‘objectivity vs experience’ framework ultimately lead nowhere imo. It just wasn’t insightful to me, esp as the ‘experienced men’ had completely dodgy ideas in the first place. Pitt was good but not great. Overall, just didn’t click with it, but i did enjoy the scenes where they were just shooting stats. I just wish the film was more ‘detached’ in its approach. It seemed too middle of the road. Ultimately i think the problem was the direction. While watching i actually thought ‘hmmm, i wonder how much better this would have been if a director like Fincher made it?’ and for Joks to think that, you know he is pretty disengaged!! 5/10(at best)
50/50: funny comedy/drama dealing with cancer victim and his best friend. It gets off to a wonky start, but finds its feet around the 20 minute mark, and the balance between comedy and drama was just right. It was never particularly crude or offensive, at least not overtly so anyway. It could have gone further, no doubt, and the ‘romance’ between the doctor and patient was a little corny, if well played by the two leads, but overall i enjoyed it, and i was expecting nothing either. I definitely preferred it to The Wackness. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was great, and i never liked him much before. 7/10
I had a similar reaction to the Moneyball, fwiw. The book is way better and worth reading if you understand and like baseball. Btw, when I heard they were making a feature-length film about this, I was surprised. I can understand a documentary, but the book was ill-suited for a feature-length film.
“It seemed too middle of the road.”
I think that was the point of Moneyball. I mean, Sony had the opportunity to go different but they canned Soderbergh for generic Bennett Miller. And while I agree it’s not very “deep” or “analytical”, as a big studio film, I thought it was a fun popcorn movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
I finally watched the Innkeepers last night!
Not as good as House of the Devil, but definitely similar. I really enjoyed the buildup and atmosphere even though the payoff wasn’t that great. But I think the atmosphere and a couple great scenes more than make up for it. I can’t remember what you thought of that one, Santino.
Also – it had Lena Dunham in it… what??? I was definitely not expecting that!
a fun popcorn movie? it is a bunch of men sitting around talking about baseball! what is ‘fun’ about that? hehe
lol wut..lena dunham was in the Innkeepers? hadn’t heard of the film. looked it up. horror flick. go figure.
^She was only in it for like a minute or two, so if you want to see it just for her it’s probably not worth it… but I did think the movie was pretty good!
I’m with DFFOO on the Innkeepers. I like it quite a bit. But of course loved House of the Devil. I think Ti West is an interesting director. Probably the only horror director around that primarily focuses on anticipation rather than the pay off and I appreciate that. Probably going to watch Trigger Man an The Roost this weekend.
Have another drink, Drunken.
Innkeepers was lame
@Joks – what’s wrong with talkin’ about baseball? Baseball and popcorn go together like hot dogs and buns!
What didn’t you like about it Santino? It seems like if you like HOTD you would also like the Inkeepers…?
Yeah – I really need to watch Trigger Man and the Roost now. I feel pretty excited by Ti West – he definitely has great potential!
Cabin Fever 2 is pretty bad though. I think he needed money.
Yeah I know he’s said some pretty bad things about it, so I probably won’t see that for a while, if ever.
If Lena Dunham’s in it then it must be scarier than The House of the Devil!
I didn’t mind watching it. It’s just goofy. It didn’t seem, in the way he was making it, that he cared too much about it. It still has that steady build that carries over from other films, but there’s not much else to watch. He basically plays himself in Silver Bullets and I see that as kind of an in to his process as a filmmaker.
^ oh cool – I didn’t even realize he was in Silver Bullets! I definitely want to check that one out soon – thanks! Also, are you talking about Cabin Fever 2 having his trademark slow build? Or were you referring to The Innkeepers?
I meant Cabin Fever had that steady build and that’s really all I can see of West in the film. The characters are not at all interesting so it really doesn’t work here. Silver Bullets is amazing. He’s also doing that anthology thing V/H/S with Swanberg, Wingard and a sleu of others. Looking forward to that.