It looks like the movies thread is gone too.
Here was my last update:
Beaches: I wanted to watch this because Seinfeld referred to it. Good acting and storytelling of a sometimes rocky relationship between friends.
Trainspotting: Great special effects and directing. Some amusing stories from the heroin addicts.
Renton’s character though still doesn’t seem to be the type to steal his friend Tommy’s sex tape, and then not confess that he caused Tommy and his girlfriend to break up because of the missing sex tape. Renton seemed to be the type of character that would have had a little bit of remorse.
2001: A Space Odyssey: Great directing. It took me a while to get into 2001, but once they introduced HAL 9000, I was intrigued.
The Goonies: I liked it, a good kids adventure movie. Best kids movie I've seen since the mid 90s movies with McCaulay Culkin, or The Sandlot.
The Hurt Locker: Pretty good, a unique setting for war movie, with the focus on the bomb squad. Not one of the greatest war movies, but worth watching. It wasn't THAT good to win the awards that it did.
Children Of The Corn (2009 Syfy channel version, not Stephen King version): The suspense in this movie was good. They had great timing on the suspense, more than most other scary movies. I liked the acting too.
Should I watch the original 1980 Stephen King movie? Not sure if I want to watch essentially the same plot twice.
The Big Lebowski: Another one of those movies with interesting characters, and an unpredictable plot, comprising of various incidents. I can see why there’s so many internet references to these characters.
Gravity: Good special effects, saw it in 3-D. It’s a survival/all-hope-is-lost movie. Pretty good acting by Bullock.
Spawn: Combines sci-fi with themes of good vs. evil and the afterlife. The special effects seem a little dated, and the directing style is a little weird. But a decent rental type of a movie.
Home Alone 4: Great kids movie. Also had some nice homages to the original movie, like with Marv being on fire, and Kevin singing in the shower.
A worthy sequel. If you never saw the first two, while they had some great actors, you'd like this one as much.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy: The first 35 mins or so contained most of the soundbites and clips that I’d heard about this movie. After that, it was a little boring.
It’s hard to watch this movie with so much being said about it already. I wish most of the good parts weren’t so concentrated at the beginning.
Brick might be the funniest character in the movie, even more than Ron.
Cujo: Wow, great acting by the kid Danny Pintauro. One of the best child acting jobs, for a more serious movie (not a comedy), that I’ve seen. I can see why Pintauro would later star on Who’s The Boss.
This movie developed the characters well, with themes of marriage, disconnect/boredom in the marriage, adultery, and the suspicions and trust issues that arise from that.
And also, the child being scared of monsters in his room, only to have a rabid dog (another form of a “monster”) lurking outside, when the mom and child are trapped in the car.
They also developed the kid, Tad’s character, by showing that his dad was slightly better at comforting him from monsters than his mom, and that Tad wasn’t liking summer camp, but that his mom couldn’t figure that out. And that Tad could really only be truthful with his dad. They did a good job with showing a child having a different level of closeness with each parent.
Friday The 13th: I’m going to compare this to A Nightmare On Elm Street. I thought Nightmare had good special effects, but the plot was dumb. A guy killing people while they dream? I’m going to give this series another chance, and try part 2 sometime. But it will be a shame if I can’t get into this series, especially since Freddy Krueger is supposed to be an iconic character. And it has the same actor play Krueger in all the movies! How rare is that.
Now, back to Friday The 13th: I thought this did a solid job with the setting, music, and plot. I didn’t think the acting was that good. There wasn’t much material to work with though, just a bunch of people in their teens or early 20s hanging out at camp, and getting it prepared for camp opening which was a few days away.
However, I found out that there’s no iconic hockey mask in this movie! I have to wait for the 3rd movie to see the hockey mask.
Overall, this series has more potential for me than Nightmare, but like I said, I’ll give Nightmare another chance.
This series also seems a little better than Child’s Play (seen the first 4). Child’s Play was good for a few quick surprises, but not much would happen during the other moments of the movie IMO.
EDIT: Having now seen the first 5 Nightmare on Elm Streets, and first five Friday The Thirteenths:
* The 2nd, 4th, 5th Nightmares were decent. Overall though, this movie is better for special effects, than it is for being scary or having good dialog.
* Even though the 3rd Friday The Thirteenth had the hockey mask, I thought the 1st, 2nd, 4th were more memorable with the death scenes, and not as repetitive. 4th one had good acting by the boy, Corey Feldman. 5th one left the viewer guessing as to who Freddy was. These movies do get predictable with similar characters behaving in similar ways. Still, I like this series a little more.
* The Third Man: I'm trying to remember what I wrote for this, 5-6 weeks ago.
I remember how jarring it was, for me, that pretty much every professional role in the movie was by a male. Doctor, convention speaker, the hotel porter, the police. Watching it in today's times, that part of it just seems out of place.
The scene when we first see Harry Lime alive, is a surprising/intriguing moment in the movie,
I also agree with mannycoon, that the zither music is a memorable signature of the movie.
A Streetcar Named Desire:
There was plenty of tension throughout the movie.
All of the characters were flawed and had something wrong with them.
This was a difficult movie to watch, as there was so much tension and intensity.