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@thedude-abides -- Oh, wow! All right, I'll add those two. Indeed. A little research wouldn't hurt, neither. In that case, I'll just throw in his films and shuffle them. Ah, all right. Will do!
1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx He only did 3 movies before his death. Rebel Without a Cause is probably the one to watch, even though the best James Dean movie and performance is Giant, but he's only a supporting actor in that one. Yeah, I think rating by decade is the thing to do because the business seems to change about every 10 years or so. I don't think order matters. Eyes Wide Shut is probably the funnest watch. I've seen every movie the guy's ever made, even his shorts before he hit it big, and they're all great. Nice picks. Like those as well. Man, I could probably list about a hundred honorable mentions. You should check out my profile and look at my 'best of' lists from each year. Most of them aren't quite finalized, but I'm gonna have a list for every year going back to the 40s. I'm at 1973 right now. I think you'll get a good idea of what movies I really liked going all the way back to that point.
1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag
@thedude-abides -- Yeah, I figured. I knew about the Marlon Brando part, but not the Montgomery Clift segment. I don't think I've seen many movies with James Dean; what wold you recommend? What ever the case, I'll add them to my Blockbuster Total Access queue and give them a watch. I guess that's why it's better to take into account the year/decade the film was made, in order to appreciate it more. It's still really hard to think of that movie as anything special, though. I guess I'm going to have to watch more movies within that decade(and below) to grasp their perspective more? Ha ha, figured! I really need to sit down and watch every movie he's ever made(excluding "The Shining", and "Full Metal Jacket"). Would you recommend watching them in order, or...? If that's the case, I need to give "Lust, Caution", and "The Wrestler" a watch, also. Any honorable mentions on either sides? I'd say when it comes to all-time, "Saving Private Ryan", "Reservoir Dogs", and "The Shining" are worth mentioning. And I'd add "The Social Network" for the aforementioned decade.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I think it's more because of Brando's performance and the year in which they were released. I hope I'm not telling you anything you already know, but in the late 40s and early 50s, Brando and another all-time great actor by the name of Montgomery Clift single-handedly changed the face of acting into what it is today. Their interpretations of playing characters as characters led to the transition from classical acting (where there was a set way actors were supposed to act) to what we now call method acting (playing the character). While Clift was just as instrumental in this monumental shift, Brando is the one people recognize more mostly because A Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront were more successful films. And it wasn't until a few years later when James Dean (my all-time favorite) stepped foot on the scene to take acting to even newer heights when Elia Kazan (director of Streetcar and Waterfront) called Dean a younger, better version of Brando. I personally don't think Waterfront nor Streetcar are the end all be all of classic movies either, but for the years in which they came out (1951 and 1954 I believe), coupled with performances by Marlon Brando the likes of which had never before been witnessed by audiences, both were something to behold during that time -- which is why I rate movies by decade rather than over time. As for my favorite movies ever, anything Kubrick did I consider my favorite. I can't pick between them because they're all my favorite. My five favorite movies of the last 10 years in order would be: There Will Be Blood, The Wrestler, Drive, Lust Caution, and Inglourious Basterds.
@thedude-abides -- Same here, which is exactly why I'm curious on your choices. So, what is your all-time favorite movies(3-5 choices), and including of the last ten years(3-5 choices)? Oh, and I have a question: What is so special about "On The Waterfront"? I watched it months ago, and I thought it was a good movie, but not one of the greatest films of all-time. The acting was pretty darn good, and the story was interesting, but nothing else really stood out. Did I miss something? I'd give it 7/10, by the way.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Awesome. Great choices. I always ask that because it helps me gauge the person I'm talking movies with. Obviously, I already knew we have similar taste in movies; I just hadn't really heard you reference a lot of your favorites before.
@thedude-abides -- Damn, that's a tough one. But, my all-time favorite movie would have to be "Fight Club". In short, it was inspirational(for me), dark, funny, bleak, and just flat-out enjoyable! The acting was outstanding, the directing was outstanding, the characters were great, and style was fresh and original, and the twist was f*cking awesome. As much as I love 'It's A Wonderful Life", and "Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark", I have a soft spot for "Fight Club". "It's A Wonderful Life" may be the most perfect movie that I've seen so far, though(which is barely valid, since I need to see A LOT of movies). Regardless, it's a timeless classic! Favorite movie of the last ten years? Besides the aforementioned, I'd have to say "No Country For Old Men", and "There Will Be Blood". I couldn't decide between the two because their both outstanding in their own way. Oh, and "Pan's Labyrinth", "Kill Bill: Volume 1", and "The Cove"! How about you?
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I think you'll enjoy it quite a bit. Just out of curiosity, what is your favorite movie ever, and of the last 10 years or so? I don't think I've ever heard you reference a movie you really liked other than Basterds or District 9.
@thedude-abides -- True. Still, it would be neat if you wrote one when the hype died down a bit. Regardless, I'm looking very forward to that review! Hopefully I like "Prometheus" enough to start reviewing again.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Probably not. Too many reviews already. I like writing reviews for films that genuinely help people decide whether to watch or not watch a movie. I think the verdict's pretty much out already on this one. I'll definitely be writing one for The Master, however, regardless of the number of reviews :)
@thedude-abides -- Oh, really? Eh, that's odd. Any way, do you think you'll be writing a review for "Prometheus"?
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I'm guessing it's only showing if you see it in IMAX, because it didn't run when I saw it.
@thedude-abides -- That's the funny thing about it; I'm not a fan of him, but I was hoping the same thing - especially over someone like Jamix Foxx! Ah, all right. Oh, and how about the Django Unchained trailer; was it any better, and was it a red-band trailer?
The "I was before anyone ever saw it" statement served as a what-to-expect-without-present-criticism kind of deal. I haven't been reading reviews or looking at scores because I'm trying to go in with a clean slate. I apologize if I seem to be spoon-feeding, but I'm getting the wrong vibe from my posts, and I just felt that it should be clarified.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx He's one of my favorites now. I really wish he would've taken Django. That's a tough one. I'd say the film was really good at parts, at parts just good. I'll lean towards really good for now until I see it again. You won't think that during the first 30 minutes, but after that you'll get the film you're expecting.
@thedude-abides -- Wow! That's pretty darn good(especially coming from someone like you). We have similar taste in movies, so I'm expecting(I was before anyone ever saw it) to give it 7/10. So, was the movie really good, or great? Ha ha, really? That's interesting(given the fact that I'm no fan of Idris Elba). Will do!
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, who knows. Hopefully pretty soon. On another note, I just saw Prometheus. The first thirty minutes I was thinking it was going to be a huge letdown, but after the storm hits, the film picks up tremendously. A solid 2.5/3.0 for me. I always round up until a second viewing, so I'll give it a 3.0 for now. Two things I hated were Guy Pearce's makeup (worse than the makeup in J. Edgar), and the characters. Every single character in the movie was the epitome of a douche bag save for Idris Elba. He was only likable character by a mile (Rapace maybe, but her curiosity makes her just as unlikable as everyone else), not to mention the fact he (Elba) stole the show as far as acting is concerned as well. Let me know what you think after you see it Saturday.
@thedude-abides -- Yeah, that movie is going to be awesome. Any way, when do we get a trailer for "Killing Them Softly"? Based on the plot and cast, it seems like a great movie, and it comes out in a few months. I'm curious on why we haven't gotten a trailer yet, and barely any news for it, for that matter.
@ghostman@thedude-abides -- From 2.8/5 to 3.8/5. Awesome job, guys!
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, let me know what you think. Regardless, even if it had met my expectations, this is still the year of The Master as far as I'm concerned.
@thedude-abides -- Yeah. Based on two of your comments regarding the movie, I felt as if your anticipation went down a notch. I'll let you know what I think of it(come Saturday), but my anticipation dropped a little when I heard Jamie Foxx is going to be one of the lead characters. I'll now base my anticipation on the given trailer. Honestly, though, I don't see it being NEARLY as good as "Inglourious Basterds". That movie was outstanding, and something truly special.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Loved the movie, don't know why this has a 2 star rating. Gave it a 5, now it's up to 3.8
1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Agreed all the way around. I know you haven't watched the Django trailer yet, but I wasn't too impressed with it personally. I was anticipating a possible 3.5 rating for the actual film (same as my rating for Inglourious Basterds), but now I see it coming in at a 3.0 for me.
I don't mean to sound like Capt. Obvious in the last sentence, but "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was one of those movies with amazing TV spots, trailers, posters, and so on -- only to be "good/really good". I mean, the marketing was f*cking phenomenal! "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" had it's moments, and believe me, I enjoyed it, but it definitely didn't live up to the hype. "The Amazing Spider-Man" is another movie that I don't think will be able to live up to the hype. The marketing isn't fantastic, but it's definitely not bad -- mediocre at times, maybe. Any way, the trailers for "The Amazing Spider-Man" are quite decent, but as soon as Movieweb releases a clip, I lose faith in the overall product. The clips include mediocre dialogue, acting, and directing, to say the least.
@thedude-abides -- That's more like it! I've been watching a lot of trailers today to maintain my "most active user of the day" position, and it was quite enjoyable. "Inglourious Basterds", "Inception"(One of the only trailers that I gave 5/5), and "No Country For Old Men" all had wonderful trailers. I really hope that "Prometheus" can live up to it's trailers, because the marketing for it has been nothing short of great/outstanding.
@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Great trailer. A 4.5 from me :)
@corey@ghostman@thedude-abides -- Let's get this trailer a higher rating. There's no reason why it should have 2.8/5(it had 2.5 before I voted). Rate it honestly, though.
First reaction : Wooow :) the special effects is nice and all look like realistic . And i like this kind of story (sci-fi) ! Very nice movie ! Neill Blomkamp is g ood director :)
4 years agoby @walkwolfFlag
Movie looks really good can't wait til it hits theatres
4 years agoby @vato602Flag
this movie looks great
4 years agoby @mikehdFlag