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Old 04 November 2012, 07:08 AM
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What movies have you seen lately?

Wreck-It Ralph definitely exceeded expectations. Delightful movie. From the concept and trailer it easily could have gone the other way and been a soulless reference-fest, but the game references never got in the way of the story or characters. There were some moments of genuine emotion, unexpected turns, and well realized game worlds. The short before it was cute too.

I'd put this right up there with the best of Pixar, among Wall-E and Toy Story.
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Old 04 November 2012, 10:31 PM
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I liked Wreck-It Ralph, too, but I liked Hotel Transylvania better. And the six-year-old loved them both equally.
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Old 06 November 2012, 02:49 AM
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I watched The Sapphires on Sunday. A nice Australian film about a group of aboriginal girls who formed a singing group and went to Vietnam to sing soul to the troops. The music was really well done, and it starred Chris O'Dowd who I adore. I think it's about to be released in the UK.
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Old 06 November 2012, 06:22 AM
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I liked Wreck-It Ralph, too, but I liked Hotel Transylvania better.
Well it's all subjective, but Wreck-It Ralph has double the Rotten Tomatoes score. Just sayin'.

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Cinema Verite, an HBO dramatization of the world's first reality TV show, a 1973 PBS documentary series following the lives of a Santa Barbara family. What was intended to be kind of tame educational fare turned out to be controversial when over the course of the 12 episodes the parents divorced and one of the sons came out, becoming the first openly gay TV character. I have the original series coming next from Netflix. It will be interesting to see what any recognizable locations were like 40 years ago.
I got the DVD from Netflix for the original series, and wow, what a difference 40 years makes in terms of production techniques. I've never been very cutting edge about having the latest high def TV and high fidelity speakers, but looking at a reality show from 40 years ago makes me appreciate the modern technology. The picture is so grainy and drab you can barely tell what you're looking at sometimes and the sound is so muffled by background noise and static you have to strain to hear what they're saying at times.

The original series is a tad bit boring by modern standards. I'd recommend the HBO movie instead.
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Old 07 November 2012, 02:48 AM
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower was good. A bit melodramatic at times, and I wish some additional plot elements of the book had been included, but overall it was quite a good film.
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Old 07 November 2012, 04:47 AM
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I watched The Sapphires on Sunday. A nice Australian film about a group of aboriginal girls who formed a singing group and went to Vietnam to sing soul to the troops. The music was really well done, and it starred Chris O'Dowd who I adore. I think it's about to be released in the UK.
and the radiant Debra Mailman. Mum wants to see that.
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Old 07 November 2012, 01:00 PM
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We saw Taken 2 over the weekend. We liked it. I mean, there wasn't a plot or anything, but Liam Neeson got to spend 90 minutes being awesome, which is all we really wanted.
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Old 07 November 2012, 03:40 PM
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I wouldn't put Wreck-It Ralph on a par with Up, Wall-E, or Ratatouille, but it is very, very good. I particularly enjoyed Alan Tudyk's spot-on Ed Wynn voice as King Candy. The Paperman short, on the other hand . . . that is up there with Pixar's best shorts.
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Old 07 November 2012, 10:56 PM
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and the radiant Debra Mailman. Mum wants to see that.
She might still be able to find it in cinemas, but it's due for DVD release in December so she should hurry
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We saw Taken 2 over the weekend. We liked it. I mean, there wasn't a plot or anything, but Liam Neeson got to spend 90 minutes being awesome, which is all we really wanted.
That was cut down a lot to get a PG-13, some of the final fight scene seemed quite badly edited to me. Enjoyed the movie a lot overall, though.
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I saw Skyfall tonight at a midnight showing. Absolutely great, easily top five in the James Bond series. Javier Bardem was excellent, the action scenes were well crafted, and the cinematography was magnificent. The scene in the glass offices with the neon lights alone was worth the price of admission.
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I really want to see Wreck-It Ralph but it's not hitting Australian cinemas for another 6 weeks.
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Old 09 November 2012, 06:17 PM
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The scene in the glass offices with the neon lights alone was worth the price of admission.
Was it Michael Mann neon lights cool?
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Old 12 November 2012, 04:09 AM
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Saw 'Wreck-It Ralph' today. Not my first choice (long story) but I enjoyed it more than I expected. DD had a hilarious question afterwards (spoilers)

Since we find out at the end that Venellope is a Princess & this is a Disney movie, does this make her a 'Disney Princess'? This led to an epic debate with the daughter & I coming down in the 'yes, maybe' camp & DS coming down firmly in the 'NO, not at all' camp.

I really loved seeing Qubert & other video games. I wish we could have seen more of the other video game worlds.
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Old 12 November 2012, 04:32 AM
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I finally saw Brave [on the big screen, too] and enjoyed it immensely. I'm extraordinarily impressed that the story wasn't even hinted at in the trailers, and that without really trying, I managed not to hear of it.

Not so impressed with the couple who left their four kids in the row behind us, one of whom had seen the movie before and proceeded to spoil the story, scene by scene
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Old 12 November 2012, 04:43 AM
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In answer to your question, Morgaine, I'd say yes.

The thing that I didn't quite was Zangeif's appearance- he's never, as far as I know, been portrayed as a villain character in any of the Street Fighter games. Surely they could have licensed the use of an actual villain character for the role, right?
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Old 12 November 2012, 10:28 PM
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I asked the same question of a friend who is a Disney nut & she made a good point:

The movie is about Ralph, not Venellope which is a mark against her being a 'Disney Princess'. She's a princess in a Disney movie but not a 'Disney Princess'.
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Old 12 November 2012, 10:41 PM
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I saw Skyfall, and it was very good. Not quite as strong as "Casino Royale" but far better than "Quantum Of Solace", IMO. Strong villain (though pretty non-typical for the series), great action scenes (though they could have used a few more, I think), and I also like how it's quite low-tech, more about guns than gadgets.
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Old 12 November 2012, 11:28 PM
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I watched a documentary the other day called Dear Zachary about a man who was murdered by his stalker ex who turned out to pregnant with his child. There's a whole lot more to it than that, but since it unfolds pretty much like a crime drama, that's all I'm going to say.

Probably the most gut-wrenching thing I've ever watched. There is a huge bias to it, since it was made by the murdered man's friend. But I'm not so sure it matters.

I recommend it, but have many tissues handy.

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Old 13 November 2012, 12:25 AM
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Lachrymose: I watched that. I think I spent the last half hour or so just sick to my stomach & crying. I'm sure, as you said, there's bias but I don't know how in the world you could have spun that positively.

One thing I did love was how all the mans friends kind of 'adopted' his parents. The love between all of them was apparent.
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