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^...AND it starred Kevin Spacey. They don't come any more boring than that guy.

I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" over the weekend (the bootleg version, of course). It was actually pretty cool.....very original. But an Oscar winner? Ehhh....

9 stars out of 10.

:afro: :afro: :afro: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

You, I like :thumbsup: I am STILL :stars: about it winning the Oscars. You poor Bollywood-deprived people :( ( ;) )

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Saw "The Wrestler." Set in the minor leagues of "professional" wrestling, this is appropriately grimy as street dust in a small store front auditorium, self-mocking as prearranged title belt winners, bloody as can be tolerated by self-infliction, squalid as greed can become, overtly dramatic as the "sport" itself, at times as pompously pretentious as its heroes and always always one step from mayhem. Like faithful fans really into wrestling - "A male soap opera," as stated to me by a rabid fan I once asked why he even watched that stuff - the movie keeps the viewer clenching and unclenching, cheering and groaning when the good guy wins a little then loses a lot. A routine formula in pro wrestling that never seems to get old in a farcical arena where everything travels from hope to dispair to hope, all in the time it takes to formulate a final pin.

Mickey Rourke held a very complex character to a restrained human being, instead of a parody of a wrestler - which would have been simple since, as the movie examines, the vast majority of those individual body slammers are injected and ultimately dejected parodies of themself.

Marisa Tomei displays a lot of acting depth (in addition to real skin) as a broken-souled woman who alternately compliments and contrasts Rourke's broken wrestler. Compliments, because both seem to recognize themself and their needs in the life of the other, where no other normally attracting bond seems to fit. Contrasts, because Tomei's character is actually the honest wrestler to Rourke's phony one. Her dreams wrestle with her reality, winner takes all, having not prearranged the title bout.

8/10

Not for everybody, but if you like struggling character studies or raw emotions portrayed in a realistically restrained way, you will like this movie.

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Yes, Sammy, Marisa is exposed (as in exploitation) during the film. But it is not gratuitous. It fits her character. Where Demi Moore was a lithe, senuous, exotic dancer to perfection in 1995's Striptease (and most men wanted to see more), Tomei's pole dance is flawed, her floor show halting; the effect of which produces less of a desire to watch her, as to clothe and protect her. Despite the two "glam" occupations highlighted in this movie, neither are portrayed in that light - which is probably much closer to their reality.

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21 (2008)

I just caught this on one of the movie channels, It's a decent movie, but it's about gambling, which makes for a boring premise. Watching it is about as fun as counting cards.

5/10

That's because it wasn't a good movie to begin with. It's not about counting cards because it shows very little, or nothing, about actual gambling. Even then, they couldn't come up with a good story that sets it with a gambling background. There are famous movies that have a gambling background, but don't show the inner-workings. Bob Le Flambeur (directed by Jean-Pierre Melville), The Hustler (starring Paul Newman), The Man With The Golden Arm (starring Frank Sinatra), so it really boils down to ability to direct and act, both of which are non-existent in 21 (you are too generous by giving it a "5/10") :beatnik:

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Zach and Miri Make a Porno - 3 *&^%s in the )$#@

Ridonkulously vulgar and totally hilarious. Kevin Smith can do no wrong. The man is a filthy genius.

My son rented that flick on Thursday, watched it once that night and I was working whilst hearing hysterical snort-worthy laughter coming from his room. Then he brought it out to me and told me I should watch the outtakes, left it on the coffee table... and it disappeared back into his room for another gleeful watch last night before I'd had an opportunity to see the outtakes. :laughing:

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Cadillac Records. Yes, it was pure fiction (if it wasn't the name of the film would've been Chess Records), lots of creative license, lots of things left out. But knowing that going in, it was still a great movie with lots of great music. The actors did all their own singing, and they were pretty darn good. Granted Beyonce is no Etta, and Mos Def is no Chuck but they were still a good performances. 9/10, definatly worth seeing. :thumbsup:

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Hairspray. 10/10. Colorful and bright with great messages about racial tolerance and following your dreams. Very happy making.

I was really surprised when I saw that and loved it. Such a great feel-good movie.

Burn After Reading: 7.9/10

it wasn't that funny, but it was pretty interesting and entertaining anyways. Easily my least favorite Coen brothers movie.

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Slumdog Millionaire 9.5/10

Very interesting plot line that can keep the audience in suspense throughout the whole movie. Some parts were hard to follow, especially with how the scenes went back & fourth, however, the 10 (or so) different story lines were enough to make this one of the decade's best films.

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I just saw Curious Case of Benjamin Button .. again.

Interesting movie, both Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett were terrific. However, I thought the movie was a little too long as it was enough to be made into 2 different parts. The plot was also a little unbelieveable. - 8.5/10

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" Downfall " -Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara 10/10

I'm strangely drawn to 'people in mortal peril' films on topics as diverse as the Titanic or Kitchener at Khartoum , but this was one of the best movies I've seen on the topic of the last days of Hitler in his bunker . It's a German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel , and he manages to bring out the humanity/inhumanity and chaos of war amongst it's victims and perpetrators . The story is based on the recollections of Hitler's private secretary , Traudl Junge .

I've seen other 'last days' pictures , notably in Alec Guiness's portrayal in 'The Bunker ' , but that was transfixed on Hitler as the mad man. This story is a little more spread out as to how Berliners and average people ( though mostly military ) had to make do with an impossible situation . Though reading subtitles , you get a better sense of the culture and how it likely was in reality , imo . A touchy subject , but not one to be ignored .

This and 'Das Boot ' are among the best war pictures I've seen .

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