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Discussion in 'Other Movies' started by Lulu Parrot, Oct 31, 2013.
...thought it was a decent enough vehicle for Radcliffe....
I have been watching quite a few Spanish films in the past week. I'm getting better and better at Spanish, but man, they talk so fast, I still have to use the English subtitles. Some of these are very good, some silly romantic movies, but I've enjoyed them all. I think I must have been Hispanic in an earlier life.
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Acapulco La Vida Va
I've chosen a bunch more for my Netflix list. Are there others you can recommend? I also have Amazon Prime. Gracias!
Do you want to try Spanish horror? The Baby's Room (can't th8nk if the Span8sh title) was pretty good, as is anything by Guillermo Del Toro. Pan's Labyrinth is his best known, but Chronos and The Devil's Backbone were very good, too. The Orphanage is one he produced, and it's wonderful (if very sad). Amores Perros is another good Spanish language movie.
I know I've seen and liked others, but my brain has gone into full stall.
Oooh, thank you Autumn! These sound great. Didn't Del Toro direct Crimson Peak? I quite liked that (mostly because of Mia and Tom). When I come over for the ox tail soup, we can discuss more!
I liked Biutiful with Javier Bardiem. And I second Pan's Labyrinth.
Yes, he did! Also Pacific Rim (a personal favorite) and other English language films. I love his Spanish films, though.
I just noticed a mistake I made: one movie title is The Devil's Backbone, not playground. Sorry! I particularly like that one!
Oh, and REC! The American version wasn't nearly as good.
The stage show - a simple two-hander - is excellent, and the ending (quite different to the film) works perfectly. I thought Radcliffe was a poor choice for this - his 21st century estuary English accent was completely out of place in a turn of the 19th/20th century piece.
....no argument....should have expanded on the "decent enough vehicle" comment....I simply judged it from the standpoint of taking him out of his Potter(invisibility)cloak-overall, other than some nice cinematography-the movie sucked.....
I've watched most of these movies.
An oldie but goodie
Angelitos Negros is a story of prejudice and sacrifice; the plot centers around a woman who does not realize her heritage, brought up as the "white"wealthy patron's daughter, she is actually the daughter of the black maid.
Tear jerker, big time.
Watched this one with my family when I was a little kid. It messed with me and my brothers for several days. Scary!
El Libro de Piedra (YouTube)
A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden.
I have forgotten about this thread.
Watched "Wait Until Dark," 1967, with Audrey Hepburn playing a blind woman, last night. A little bit of the style was offputting, and the first 20 minutes or so moved slowly. I almost bailed.
But the story gained momentum, Ms. Hepburn was sure entertaining to watch, and for the last half hour, all the prior contrivances and ploddings were forgotten in the build to the climax. We were glad we saw it.
Of Unknown Origin (1983). Peter Weller as a New York yuppie who goes all Ahab after the huge, evil, intelligent rat that's been making his life hell. Tears his awesome townhouse all to hell by the time he's done. Good flick.
That's a classic...
The Mummy. Not one I'll likely want to watch over and over, but not nearly as bad as I'd been led to believe. Cruise is in amazing shape for an older actor, but should probably reconsider any plans to go shirtless anymore--old man flat boobs. Russell Crowe did his usual bang up job. He was really creepy In his second role (being obscure for the benefit of anyone who hasn't seen the movie but plans to). Some unsettling CGI; I can get behind that.
Oh, I know it's after 1 AM here, but this has me laughing uncontrollably.
What an excellent review!!! Who wants to see flat old man boobs?! You, like ConnorB, are so good you could seriously get paid for these!
I actually thought Crowe was creepier in his first role than he was in the second. Best part of the film by far was Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet. Even though she was "the villain" I was kind of rooting for her. Probably because I saw Tom Cruise as the greater evil. As the lead-in for the whole Dark Universe, it didn't work nearly as well as, say, Dracula Untold. Dracula worked as the protagonist in that film who was kind of a hero, but who also did monstrous things because he was, well, a monster.
And that's good, because the Universal monsters are supposed to be, well, monsters, not Monster-Themed Superheroes. A good tone for the Dark Universe should fall between the Godzilla movies (even if Godzilla shows up to fight another giant monster the Japanese people are still thinking "Oh, no! There goes Tokyo!") and Freddy vs Jason (where the character are trying to pick the least horrible alternative). Nobody should be super-pleased when the Universal Monsters show up, even if it's to battle a greater (or at least different) evil. Figure most sane people are hoping the whole thing results in mutual destruction.
The Mummy has a different, worse tone. Ahmanet is put up as "Evilest Evil that Ever Eviled" instead of somebody more shades of gray. It would have been much cooler to portray Ahmanet as an angry victim of a hideous injustice who was determined to claim her birthrate instead of the usual "Every villain wants to rule the world." She'd still be the antagonist because claiming her birthright means rolling back 50 centuries of human history and progress. I also wish they'd had the relationship she had with Cruise's character be with Annabella Wallis' character instead. It seems like it would have been a more natural fit. And it would have been way, way hotter.
The Secret Life of Pets. It was cute, if formulaic. I did like that so many different pets were represented, even ones I would never want (tarantulas?). Also watched Zootopia last week. I liked that one better. Really great plot with a genuinely surprising twist.
muskrat and Neil W write adroit reviews, also.