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Fall/Winter 2009 Movies
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: September 2, 2009 - 4:23 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 22, 2010 - 9:51 AM PDT

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author topic: Fall/Winter 2009 Movies
Battie
post #21  on October 14, 2009 - 12:53 AM PDT  
> On October 14, 2009 - 12:02 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wow Battie, legitimately that good and scary huh? Perhaps I'll try and take the gf to watch the flick. Though I'll deservedly get some slaps while I try and scare her myself midway during the movie. That's one of those poor habits I've kept since childhood when it comes to horror flicks.
>

Not so much scary as creepy. And it isn't until you go to bed that you realize how much that film just screwed with your sense of safety.

> And I definitely want to see WtWTA but might wait a week for the crowds to die down. Intuition tells me the majority of the type of people to come flocking to the film on opening weekend will have a higher than average chance of annoying behavior during the viewing.
> ---------------------------------

No kidding. It's like 35% idiot on opening weekend, minimum. I'd go see A Law Abiding Citizen, but do we need yet another revenge-for-raping-of-wife movie? And y'know, I'm sorta peeved that none of the horror and/or violent flicks have really good female villains (I don't mean the male perspective of a female villain, either!). Hm. Maybe I should go see Jennifer's Body (I ended up deciding to watch Whip It on dvd).

Looking at the movies out right now at my local theater (21 films)...it's male-oriented, kids, one docu, one 'african american' flick (which is female-oriented, if you can get over some of the stereotypical attitudes towards women) and three female-oriented movies. One of which is a really horrifying romantic movie. The other two are affiliated with indie filmmakers.

Where's my reverse Coyote Ugly, hm? If a single city can support TWO male stripclub, surely there's room for a reverse Coyote Ugly? Or a female puppet master (Ripley, that weird Saw dude, etc). /end feminist angst

I'm still waiting for Pontypool to hit dvd. *sniff*
underdog
post #22  on October 15, 2009 - 10:31 AM PDT  
The trailer for Law Abiding Citizen made me laugh out loud, but I don't think it's supposed to be a comedy. Looks beyond ludicrous.

Speaking of both ludicrous and new releases, this review of Where the Wild Things Are (which I can't wait to see!) is one of the worst ever written.

Have you ever seen a more asinine review? Where do I begin in dissection of that one...
Cinenaut
post #23  on October 15, 2009 - 10:49 AM PDT  
Ha! I have to go along with commenter "Dan," who posted: "Please tell me this is an attempt at satire."

Did you happen to read the reviewer's bio?


> On October 15, 2009 - 10:31 AM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The trailer for Law Abiding Citizen made me laugh out loud, but I don't think it's supposed to be a comedy. Looks beyond ludicrous.
>
> Speaking of both ludicrous and new releases, this review of Where the Wild Things Are (which I can't wait to see!) is one of the worst ever written.
>
> Have you ever seen a more asinine review? Where do I begin in dissection of that one...
>
> ---------------------------------

underdog
post #24  on October 15, 2009 - 10:54 AM PDT  
Yes, as a friend of mine commented this morning -- that bio explains it all, pretty much.

Hope she wasn't paid for that, at least.

"I'm glad I never read this book to my son!"
Battie
post #25  on October 21, 2009 - 6:19 AM PDT  
Have y'all been seeing the commercials for Men Who Stare At Goats? I am so there. Bearded & braided Jeff Daniels. My heart sings. :D Let's just say I've had inappropriate lust for him since I was very young jailbait. *snicker*

It's still inappropriate.

Also, it looks genuinely amusing, hooker comments aside.


This weekend, I'm debating whether or not to see Cirque du Freak. I'm put off by the teenage-y content though. Anyone know if this is aimed more at the High School Musical audience, or older?
Cinenaut
post #26  on October 21, 2009 - 8:55 AM PDT  
And by Jeff Daniels, you meant Jeff Bridges, right? ;-)


> On October 21, 2009 - 6:19 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Have y'all been seeing the commercials for Men Who Stare At Goats? I am so there. Bearded & braided Jeff Daniels. My heart sings. :D Let's just say I've had inappropriate lust for him since I was very young jailbait. *snicker*
>
> It's still inappropriate.
>
> Also, it looks genuinely amusing, hooker comments aside.
>
>
> This weekend, I'm debating whether or not to see Cirque du Freak. I'm put off by the teenage-y content though. Anyone know if this is aimed more at the High School Musical audience, or older?
> ---------------------------------

underdog
post #27  on October 21, 2009 - 12:43 PM PDT  
We're gonna put up a little Men Who Stare at Goats contest next week btw. So while prepping that we watched some of the trailers and such and have to say now that I'm pretty excited about this one.

Though I'll also add that even though I like him, I really wish Ewan McGregor wouldn't be asked to do American accents. He sounds Scottish-American. A little distracting. But the movie looks great.
Cinenaut
post #28  on October 22, 2009 - 4:25 PM PDT  
> On October 21, 2009 - 6:19 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This weekend, I'm debating whether or not to see Cirque du Freak. I'm put off by the teenage-y content though. Anyone know if this is aimed more at the High School Musical audience, or older?
> ---------------------------------

A review over at The Onion makes it sound like a teeny-bopper movie. They gave it a C.

Vanamonde
post #29  on October 22, 2009 - 7:54 PM PDT  
omigawd. just realized, it has been about a year since I have been to the movie theater. i do not believe i have ever done that before.

my heart continues to deteriorate and it is too hard to get to the seats from the disabled parking at the megaplex.

and unlike Ian McKellen in "The Keep", there is no demon I can sell my soul to for health to this aged body.

i think "Cloverfield" was the last film i saw at a a theater. so it has not been a year yet.

Vanamonde
post #30  on October 22, 2009 - 7:56 PM PDT  
dammit, my Freudian slip is showing.

HEALTH, not heart.

My physical heart is fine. Mostly.
Battie
post #31  on October 22, 2009 - 9:04 PM PDT  
Smoke some weed. It's what I do. Works miracles, I tell you.
hamano
post #32  on November 13, 2009 - 6:06 AM PST  
Anyone see Mr. Fox yet? It's getting glowing reviews and the hype machine seems to be going full tilt. I just can't get past the fact that in the trailers the film looks like Davey and Goliath-level stop motion animation performed by road kill puppets... Last summer there was a dead fox by the side of the road that nobody cleaned up, and each time I drove past, it was more skeletal and dried up. By the time there was finally a storm strong enough to wash it into the storm drain, it looked just like Mr. Fox.

Come to think of it, there's a nature center nearby that has a bunch of taxidermy of local fauna in the lobby... it's like the entire cast of Mr. Fox....
Cinenaut
post #33  on November 13, 2009 - 10:49 AM PST  
Ah, but is it a good movie?
Cinenaut
post #34  on November 16, 2009 - 2:19 PM PST  
I finally saw "Where The Wild Things Are" yesterday, and I liked it. I can see how it could definitely be too unsettling for small children, but it makes a great "kid's movie for adults." The combination of costumes and CGI worked very well, and the set design was amazing.
troublemaker
post #35  on November 16, 2009 - 6:20 PM PST  
> On October 22, 2009 - 7:56 PM PDT Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> dammit, my Freudian slip is showing.
>
> HEALTH, not heart.
>
> My physical heart is fine. Mostly.
> ---------------------------------

Vanamonde, I'm sorry to hear about the turn of events in regards to your health. But if Cloverfield is the last film you were able to oblige in a theater-setting, you owe it to yourself to watch something worthwhile to make up for it. Maybe some goodies will pop-up over the winter season, or the enticement/spectacle of Cameron's Avatar in 3D will do the trick.

I haven't had a chance to watch much of anything recently. I completely missed Wild Things this time around, and may just opt for whatever DVD release that'll follow next year. What's surprised me more is the lack of big Oscar-worthy style films this year. Wasn't Malick suppose to release his film soon? Probably will have to wait next year I guess.

underdog
post #36  on November 17, 2009 - 10:26 PM PST  
My god House of the Devil scared the hell out of me.
Battie
post #37  on November 22, 2009 - 9:03 PM PST  
OK, you know how you sometimes go see a movie that you know is going to be bad, but you assume you'll enjoy it on some level anyway? Well, I went to see 2012 today and I suspect I might've enjoyed New Moon more (*shuder*).

It was disaster-porn. I love disaster-porn. And it out-porned every movie I can think of, including that one where the US turns into a glacier. And yet, I spent most of the movie laughing at something silly (like Danny Glover as the President). I also boo'ed once, when they destroyed a bunch of beautiful cars. >:|

That said, it MIGHT have been worth to see Woody Harrelson as a loon (but I could've just rewatched Zombieland for that!).

Maybe I'm getting old. Or maybe there's only so much fake science I can take. Or maybe...just maybe...there is such a thing as Too Much Porn. (Of any kind.)

Speaking of New Moon, my theater was freakin'..I don't think I've seen the parking lot that full at 3pm since the grand opening. Yeesh. And those poor bastards...40+ year-old guys with 14 year-old daughters. You know where they were headed by the walk. It's the, "My kid has defeated the last vestiges of my manhood,' walk. Lucky hamano, your daughter isn't old enough (I think?) to wanna see a bunch of shirtless young things run around.

A friend invited me to go see both films. This is how the conversation went:

"Oh, I want to see 2012, too! When are you going?"
"Tomorrow."
"OH! Me and so-and-so are going to the theater tomorrow. Want to go with us?"
"Um. No."
"Why not?!"
"I don't want to see New Moon."
"But you said you did. We were watching TV and I went 'oooh-oooh-oooh' and you said, 'NO, I'm not watching New Moon with you,' then you looked at the commercial with that shirtless dude in it and said, 'Ooooh, maybe.'"
"......I will lose every last cool point I still have if I go see that film in theaters."
"...Whatever. I'm 28 and I'm going to see it."

*facepalm* Notice how I was right that they were going to see New Moon. I didn't even have to ask. *sigh*
Battie
post #38  on November 27, 2009 - 1:39 AM PST  
I finally saw Jennifer's Body. Pretty middle of the road movie, though I'd pick it any day over Saw 12, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 20 or Halloween 37. Jus'sayin'.

I did find the love scene between Chip and Neely (Needy??) rather interesting. I might be reading more into it, but it seemed that by cutting into it with the scene of Jennifer seducing/preying on the goth kid, it might've been contrasting what teen sex really is a lot of the time (a little awkward, a little sweet, and a bit fun) with what Hollywood teen sex is (salacious, raunchy and impersonal).

It was different in other ways, little things that were more....female-defined. But since I already knew it was largely a chick-helmed film, there's always the likelihood of *looking* for what's not really there.

But it was just ok. Even if I did dig the ending.
DLeonard
post #39  on December 1, 2009 - 12:34 AM PST  
Made it to a showing of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" over the weekend, and thought it was a real treat. It does lose a little steam near the end, but love the stop-motion animation. Great soundtrack too.
Battie
post #40  on December 11, 2009 - 12:07 PM PST  
So I want to go see a movie this weekend now that finals are over (WOOO!). I've thought about driving up to North Dallas to see The Road, but I'm not in a depressed-movie kinda mood. So it's come down to The Fantastic Mr. Fox (I like stop-motion animation and animals-as-people; plus it looks trippy) and the new Disney flick, The Princess Frog or whatever. Both have gotten good reviews. Which one is more worth $5.50 and why? Which is more likely to appeal to adults?
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