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What are the best films you have seen this year? Why did you like them so much?

 
 
Kolyo
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2014 07:36 am
@panzade,
panzade wrote:

Nightcrawler with a great performance by Jake Gyllenhoff and Rene Russo. Both very good.


Gyllenhaal should win an Oscar for his role in it. Absolutely incredible. Absolutely chilling.
panzade
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2014 01:19 pm
@Kolyo,
The young man is taking his place among the great actors today.
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carloslebaron
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2014 07:08 pm
EXODUS, GODS AND KINGS

The usual great error. The biblical narration mentions a land named "Ramses", but this land was named with this name because Ramses I the pharaoh.

However, this name Ramses is not related at all with Ramses II the great pharaoh of Egypt, who was born 500 years after the event of the biblical exodus.

Recent discoveries have pointed that between the year when Moses was born up to 80 years later when Moses leaded the Israelite migration from Egypt, there were about 14 pharaohs.

The movies (cartoon movies included) assume that Ramses II was the pharaoh of the Exodus, when in reality Ramses II is the pharaoh who lost fights against Nebuchadnezzar in the last period of Israel as a kingdom.

Unfortunately, there is no way to rectify this "in purpose ignorance" that Hollywood movies and obstinate historians spread around.

It is understood that Manetho (the Egyptian historian) messed up his chronology, and he was also confused with the timing of the Exodus, even when he recognized the existence of Moses and insulted him as "a defrocked priest of the devil Seth..."

I guess that, as with any other Hollywood movie, the special effects are great and worthy to be enjoyed, but the story itself is anything but biblical or historical.
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FBM
 
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Reply Sat 13 Dec, 2014 07:28 pm
@Kolyo,
Kolyo wrote:

panzade wrote:

Nightcrawler with a great performance by Jake Gyllenhoff and Rene Russo. Both very good.


Gyllenhaal should win an Oscar for his role in it. Absolutely incredible. Absolutely chilling.


Just saw it 2 nights ago. Outstanding in every respect, imo. I think it's the best I saw this year.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 14 Dec, 2014 11:40 pm
@FBM,
I mentioned Birdman a while back, a few days ago the paper reported the film had received several Golden Globe nominations and I think also nominations from the actors guild. I feel so much better, I didn't anyone but mr. glitterbag & I had seen the film.
FBM
 
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Reply Sun 14 Dec, 2014 11:46 pm
@glitterbag,
Ah-ha. Will give that one a gander tonight, then. Gracias!
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carloslebaron
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 12:46 am
THE HUNGER GAMES

Katniss Everdeen is not the "cute girl" anymore. She grew up and her face still pretty but lost innocence.

With this new tendency of making "movie series" the opinion of a movie is regarded to the following chapters, because this film alone is just "act I" (or III?) and the whole work can't be fully criticized until its final chapter ends.

So far, it can be perceived in the story, that Alma, the leader of the revolutionary movement, appears to be manipulated by Plutarch.

While the revolutionaries think they are gaining ground, Katniss thinks that Coriolanus is just playing the game of the cat messing with the mouse.

When the movie was over, my thinking was that I wasted my money in this piece of crap film.
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carloslebaron
 
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Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2014 08:07 pm
THE GAMBLER

A movie teaching that if you are a member of a rich family and you gamble and are in debt, even the Russian mafia will "respect you" and will try to deal with you with the arrangements of the payments.

But, on the other side, in real life, if you are just John Smith, a common dude who gets in debt because gambling, and you decide not to pay, then your body will be found inside a dumpster, under water inside a bag with bricks attached, a few years later as a mommy dropped in an abandoned basement...

What is amazing about this movie, is that this fiction film proliferates more and better philosophical thoughts than the topics and discussions about philosophy in this able2know site. Lol.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Fri 26 Dec, 2014 12:28 am
Just watched "Chef"

Pitch perfect.
PearlMovies
 
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Reply Sun 28 Dec, 2014 02:21 am
@dlowan,
Recently i saw The hobbit the battle of five armies, the awesome part of the hobbit movie series, great effort by director peter jackson, he done fantastic job
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 28 Dec, 2014 06:10 pm
@hawkeye10,
Jon Favreau directed and starred in a very mouth watering and very charming character piece. Quite funny and down to earth.

Even Oliver Platt's restaurant critic was a fully three dimensional human rather then a one dimensional villain.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 28 Dec, 2014 08:15 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Jon Favreau directed and starred in a very mouth watering and very charming character piece. Quite funny and down to earth.

Even Oliver Platt's restaurant critic was a fully three dimensional human rather then a one dimensional villain.
I liked that it painted a picture of kitchen warriors that I recognize, and that it was overall not sappy. Especially good was that the whole thing revolved around egos and passion , which is every real to life in kitchens. The conflict between chefs and owners.....that happens all the time. The break often happens as it did here, in a flash, the chef walks out. Also all too real is that chefs throw everything they have into their work, to the point where having friends outside the kitchen or a family gets to be almost impossible.

Really good writing, and great actors come together here.
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raisingirl
 
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2014 12:03 pm
Love, love, LOVED The Italian Trip. It was funny, intelligent and engaging. The ending just sort of... happened, but that's the kind I like. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan were at their best. It was even better than The Trip. The Mt. Vesuvius scene was BRILLIANT!
dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 04:30 am
@raisingirl,
Thanks all!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 04:31 am
@Kolyo,
Looks as though I need to see Nightcrawler.

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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 09:46 am
Strap On sluts Volume 17, but I enjoyed it only because I'm always happy to see my sister working.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jan, 2015 07:13 pm
@glitterbag,
I saw Birdman as well. I liked the beginning with the inner workings of live theatre shown up close and personal but I was somewhat disappointed in the movie.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jan, 2015 07:58 pm
I did not see as many movies as I wanted to see. Working two jobs leaves me too tired to do much.

I saw the following in a theatre: Snowpiercer, Belle, The Immigrant, The 100 Foot Journey, The Lunchbox, Boyhood and Birdman.

I saw these two on netflix: Gore Vidal and Burt's Buzz.

I also saw three releases of the National Theatre: Warhorse,
Frankenstein and King Lear.

Basically, the National Theatre films were the best. I would call it a three way tie in terms of acting and staging and direction. Warhorse was the most emotionally affecting; Frankenstein reclaimed the novel and King Lear made up for the mediocre Lears I have seen.

Of the netflix movies, Gore Vidal was very good. I fell asleep during Burt's Buzz but that is par for my course with netflix.

Of the movies I saw in the theatre, The Lunchbox was my favorite, largely because it was a sweet, little movie that told enormous truths and was the anti-rom-com. The Hundred Foot Journey was second because it starred Helen Mirren and was shot in France. The two principles in the love story were pretty to look act and their story was a sort of awwww.

Snowpiercer was at the bottom of the pile. The Immigrant, Belle and Birdman were all okay.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood was in a class by itself. I am a Linklater fan and his unique movie -- seamlessly constructed over 12 years of filming -- has something in common with The Lunchbox in that tells small truths. A wonderful film.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jan, 2015 08:02 pm
@plainoldme,
Oh, I forgot! I also saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's a Wes Andersen film starring Ralph Fiennes at his best. Quirky, ridiculous, utterly charming. I guess that knocks The Hundred Foot Journey out of second place.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jan, 2015 10:51 am
@plainoldme,
I just didn't "get it". When the film first came out, there was so much excitement, that I was dying to see it. I ended up walking out in the middle.
 

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