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Old August 8th, 2001, 05:12 PM   #31
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Perhaps Ms Bergman did a lousy job because the story was so bad to begin with.
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Old August 8th, 2001, 05:58 PM   #32
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Reminds me of what my daughter said about Leonardo DiCaprio:

"Every movie I've ever seen him in, he dies."
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Old August 8th, 2001, 08:11 PM   #33
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Two words, kathe:

GILBERT GRAPE

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Old August 9th, 2001, 10:09 AM   #34
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((Terri))
thinking you are correct on the I. Bergman issue--'Bell Tolls was a cheesy western meets cheesier WWII flick.
Not my favorite but I have a soft spot for old movies, especially ANY black & white with Bogey. Hmm think I will watch Key Largo this weekend. It is supposed to be rainy and stormy here this weekend--a PERFECT night for b/w flicks.
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Old August 9th, 2001, 01:04 PM   #35
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Nahhh, Liam. We rented "Man in the Iron Mask" - neither one of him dies in that!
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Old August 9th, 2001, 03:29 PM   #36
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Ah, okay then.

He does a wonderful acting job in Gilbert Grape, though.
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Old August 9th, 2001, 08:58 PM   #37
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{{{{{kathe}}}}} LTNS! I love that phrase in your last post, "neither one of him." <g><p>
{{{{{Les}}}}} I'm with you on Gilbert Grape. I avoided it for a long time because of the title, I think, but when I finally watched it, it turned out to be a good movie. Leo is particularly good, especially considering how young he was when he played that character. Johnny Depp looks hot with long hair, too. <g>
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Old August 9th, 2001, 09:50 PM   #38
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Hey, biker, get over to the Favorite Films topic!
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Old October 26th, 2001, 07:05 PM   #39
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Any scarey movie reviews for the season?

If you are into b movies, I would recommend Biker Chicks in Zombieville. It is truly Troma Basic scenario - an all-female biker group rolls into trouble. Fun on those "oh, I want to be 15 again" nights.

Tale of the Vampire is pretty good...the *cough*cough* based-on-truth story of the making of Nasferatu.

My favorite vampire movie ever (even though it is "80's impaired") is Near Dark. Small group of vampires face the one that got away, so to speak.

Serpent and the Rainbow is an awesome horror/thriller/suspense kind of movie. Has voodoo, live burials, the works. Plus it has a pre-Independence Day Bill Pullman, and what could be better than that?
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Old October 26th, 2001, 11:19 PM   #40
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^^ Make that Chopper Chicks in Zombieville. lol Technically they are biker chicks too, but the title just isn't the same.
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Old November 18th, 2001, 02:52 PM   #41
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Harry Potter

I'm surprised! I expected to see a review from one of y'all on Harry Potter. Did anyone else see it this weekend? Your thoughts?

I took my daughter to see it Friday night. We didn't intend to go because I just KNEW there would be horribly long lines and sold out showings. Believe it or not, there were only 3 showings at that theatre (the only theatre in town - or even within a half hour's drive) that night and only 1 of the showings was sold out. After all the hype, I was astonished!

We were both somewhat disappointed in the movie. Of course, there's the usual "not as good as the book" thing, but that wasn't all. I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. I just knew I felt ... I don't know ... <i>dissatisfied</i> would be the best word, I guess. The visuals were wonderful and the storyline followed the book fairly closely. The young actors were surprisingly good and the more experienced actors certainly did a good job. But still, there was a sense of emptiness after the movie. Kind of like when you're hungry for chocolate cake and eat carrot cake instead -- still perfectly filling and tastey, but not exactly <i>right</i>.

Saturday, I read <A HREF="http://slate.msn.com//?id=2058739">this review in <i>Slate</i></A> which finally put into words exactly what I was feeling. "Harry Potter is utterly transporting but not at all enchanting." Bingo! For a good review of the movie, take a look at the review in Slate.
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Old January 2nd, 2002, 06:39 PM   #42
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During the holiday, I saw movies with my younger daughter--two movies. They were not the movies that I might have chosen; instead, they were especially for Emily, my younger daughter. I am a film snob, but Em loves all movies, all of them. When I don't want to go alone to a foreign or art flick (my favorites), Em is always game, even when she can't understand all that is happening. So, for the holidays, it seemed fair and generous to let her pick.

Just before Christmas, we saw Harry Potter. We have each read all four HP books, are Potter fans, and we loved the film exactly because it did not veer from what we know about the books.

Today, we saw The Fellowship of the Ring. Em has never read The Lord of the Rings, but for fantasy, she will sit three hours, let sounds startle her in her seat, weep for the fall of Gandalf, and develop a crush on Frogo Baggins. For me, it's been a long time since Tolkien, and unlike a dear friend who rereads sections of Tolkein every year, I tend to the hard edges of reality. But I was brought back to the enduring themes of friendship and loyalty, of the fundamental nature of evil, and of the courage required of those who are good.

Em and I recommend both these movies!
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Old January 11th, 2002, 06:57 PM   #43
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This afternoon, I saw "A Beautiful Mind," with Russell Crowe as John Nash, the Princeton mathematician who suffered from schizophrenia and won the Nobel Prize in 1994. I thought I would be neither moved nor interested in this film, even though friends kept saying, "See it." I was wrong. This is a tender story of the triumph of love, will, and friendship. It will stay with me for a long time.
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Old January 12th, 2002, 12:48 AM   #44
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I really didn't enjoy Harry Potter but love all the books. The movie both me and my hubby thought was funny and cute and a wonderful ending was Shallow Hal. I know it had offended a lot of women who don't exactly have a Gywnetth Paltrow body but I used to weigh 270. I heard all the fat jokes growing up until I lost 110 lbs. when I was 19. Now at 29 I am back up to 190 and still loved it. Maybe because I got to learn how beautiful my husband was on the inside before actually meeting him in person.
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Old January 12th, 2002, 03:45 AM   #45
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I saw Shallow Hal the other day, thought it was pretty good too but I saw Monsters Inc. today and thought it was great, soooooo cute, really funny and the out takes were excellent, recomend it to everyone, the littlies loved it and my two daughters aged 14 and 21, my hubby and myself loved it. Great for all ages.
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