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Saw one recently that the critics hated but that I found to be charming and engaging.

The Martian Child...it starred John Cusack as a widowed author of sci fi tales/movie hits who decides to adopt a troubled child.

Is the kid from Mars?

Nice story about loss, need and discovery. Hey, pardon me Ebert if it's too "bland and safe" for you. What a shame Nell Minnow that your heart "never got above room temperature"..fish bait! Ooh, poor Mick LaSalle...the film couldn't hold your attention. Well, perhaps you should have your ADD treated.

Also stars Joan Cusack (oddly enough she plays John's sister), Amanda Peet (Uncle likes her), Bobby Coleman as the kid and Oliver Platt.

If you enjoy this type of movie you'll enjoy this one. I did. 7.5/10

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Janeane Garafalo has really grown on me over recent years. I enjoyed her in 1996's The Truth About Cats and Dogsand just last week I watched her in a 2008 TV Movie called Girl's Best Friend. Yeah, I know...she's going to the dogs. (pant, pant)

Her acting is nicely understated and natural. She's cute yet disinterested. Dammit, I like her. Now I have to go check out her other movies.

You can probably rent Girl's Best Friend or wait for it to be rerun. I give it an 8/10.

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I watched My Own Private Idaho last night. There was a Gus Van Sant festival going on and I got a 50% student discount so I jumped at the chance.

It's very... arty. It's not going to make my list of favourite movies, but I'm glad I finally saw it. Not much of a storyline and the acting isn't the best. It's more about the shots and the editing and how it 'looks' than what it 'is'. I'll give it... 8/10

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^ I think that'll lengthen it, yes :shades:

And I dunno about that, Martin, but I'd watch it...

(Danny) Boyle (director) has stated his wish to make a sequel to Trainspotting which will take place 9 years after the original film, based on Irvine Welsh's sequel, Porno. He is reportedly waiting until the original actors themselves age visibly enough to portray the same characters, ravaged by time; Boyle joked that the natural vanity of actors would make it a long wait.

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I watched My Own Private Idaho last night. There was a Gus Van Sant festival going on and I got a 50% student discount so I jumped at the chance.

It's very... arty. It's not going to make my list of favourite movies, but I'm glad I finally saw it. Not much of a storyline and the acting isn't the best. It's more about the shots and the editing and how it 'looks' than what it 'is'. I'll give it... 8/10

That's one of his most commercial and approachable movies. It's very good. I remember seeing that movie on the Bravo network before they changed format and stopped showing Independent cinema. The other movie by him I saw around the same time was Drugstore Cowboy. Matt Dillon could really pin that junkie/hood act to a "T." They probably used those old Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol-produced films as inspiration. Elephant was very good as well, but definitely needs an introduction before going in to watch it. I think his major misstep was the remake of Psycho... shot for freakin' shot (that IS a pain to watch).

Yesterday, I polished off L'Atalante. Overall, it's kind of boring, but the separate elements are excellent, mainly the performances by all the actors. In fact, I have not seen a better supporting actor than the dude who plays "Pere Jules." He really stole the show. The other guy who does the street seller performance was damn good as well. Jean Vigo appeared to still be very fond of silent cinema from the way some of the latter sequences were shot and edited.

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"Gone Baby Gone" Stupid name for an unbelievable flick. 10/10 hands down. Who knew that Ben Affleck could direct?

This movie had so many twists and turns it kept me literally on the edge of my seat, all the way to the last second. 10/10 did I already say that?

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Watched a couple over the weekend....

The Brave One with Jodie Foster. I always watch her movies, I've been a fan since I was a teen. This movie is intense. And as always Jodie did a great performance on screen. She plays Erica Bane a survivor of a brutal attack in New York City. She is compelling, and you see her as a hero in a sense but not as a superhero type character. Terrence Howard plays a good guy cop that she finds a connection with and they understand one a another. There is a twist at the end, which I was surprised but yet going, yeah that is how it should be. Naveen Andrews from 'Lost' is in the movie as her fiancee briefly. It has moments of violence but they aren't there just to have violence in a move. 8/10

American Gangster with Denzel Washington. Based on the life of Harlem gangster Frank Lucas back in the 70's who brings in herion from Bangkok. Russell Crowe plays the cop that goes after him and eventully brings him down. They both give good performances, giving their characters depth. Ruby Dee who I believe is one of our finest actress' plays the mother of Frank Lucas. There is a substantial amount of violence but you are watching a movie about gangsters. It's a long movie, 3 hours but the story goes over quite a few years and you get to know the two lead characters. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, you want to know more of what happened with the two lead characters. 7/10

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I finally got to see 'Withnail and I' last night. IMO without a doubt one of the greats of British cinema blending 12-skin splifs, washing-up, a fat old queen and monologues to wolves in the zoo... How I survived without seeing this film for 20 years I do not know. Heartily recommended!

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