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Jimmy Jam



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:29 am    Post subject: An abbreviated 2013 movie thread Reply with quote

Personally, 2013 has been a tough year, and I can't wait for it to end.

In the movie department, it's also been a down year. I haven't seen nearly as many films as I would have liked, but even with the slim pickings, here are those I really enjoyed.

I'm sure this will change, but in something of an order, here are my top films of 2013, so far.

1. Gravity
2. Twelve Years a Slave
3. Captain Phillips
4. Before Midnight
5. Blue Jasmine
6. Mud
7. Nebraska
8. The Way, Way Back
9. The Spectacular Now
10. World War Z

Haven't seen yet:

Inside Llewyn Davis
All is Lost
American Hustle
Her
Fruitvale Station
The Wolf of Wall Street
Enough Said
Elysium


Disappointing:

The Place Beyond the Pines
Prisoners
All super hero movies

You couldn't pay me enough to see these:

Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hobbit
Any Adam Sandler, David Spade, or Keven James movie

I'll expand on all of this later...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only have I not seen any of these movies, I've not even heard of most of them. I blame Washington DC for that. About a year I became so disgusted with the politics in this country that I refused to follow the news, even gave up my beloved NPR (except for Car Talk and Wait Wait of course). I'm realizing now that an unintended consequence is that I am horribly out of touch with much of what goes on in the world. But I am just fine with that!

Time to update the Netflix queue. Thanks Jimmy!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm typically less critical than you of movies in general, Jim. I enjoyed the superhero movies this year, but I think I may be easy to please in that genre.

I did see "Mud" and liked it a lot, despite it's slow pace (similar to "The Place Behind the Pines"). What I liked about both of those movies was they weren't meant to leave you with some false sense of a Hollywood ending. They were simply honest and intriguing stories that kept me engaged without the need for special effects and big budgets that most movies have these days.

I really loved "The Way, Way Back"...I really dig Sam Rockwell (my favorite of his being "Moon"). He's really becoming an actor I look forward to seeing.

My final movie recommendation of 2013 is "Side Effects". The movie was nothing I thought it would be about based on the trailer...but I'm also finding Rooney Mara to be great. She seems to physically morph into her characters to the point I don't think about who she is. To make my point - I find Ben Affleck annoying. It seems most movies he just seems like Ben Affleck in different clothes and different lines, but the same person. Admittedly, not many actors seem to be able to pull that off (Tom Hanks is probably this generation's best to do so). Ok...tangent over. I don't know if the entire movie (Side Effects) will blow you away, but I think Rooney Mara herself was good in it.

There are many on your list I agree with those I've actually seen (Gravity and WWZ), and still looking forward to American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street.

However, I do disagree with you on Prisoners...like the movies I mentioned above (Pines and Mud), I didn't walk out of the theater with a smile on my face, but I was definitely moved. Maybe it was because it just was a great seeing Hugh Jackman in something without sideburns and blades coming out of his hands.
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Jimmy Jam



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Len wrote:
I'm typically less critical than you of movies in general, Jim. I enjoyed the superhero movies this year, but I think I may be easy to please in that genre.

I did see "Mud" and liked it a lot, despite it's slow pace (similar to "The Place Behind the Pines"). What I liked about both of those movies was they weren't meant to leave you with some false sense of a Hollywood ending. They were simply honest and intriguing stories that kept me engaged without the need for special effects and big budgets that most movies have these days.

I really loved "The Way, Way Back"...I really dig Sam Rockwell (my favorite of his being "Moon"). He's really becoming an actor I look forward to seeing.

My final movie recommendation of 2013 is "Side Effects". The movie was nothing I thought it would be about based on the trailer...but I'm also finding Rooney Mara to be great. She seems to physically morph into her characters to the point I don't think about who she is. To make my point - I find Ben Affleck annoying. It seems most movies he just seems like Ben Affleck in different clothes and different lines, but the same person. Admittedly, not many actors seem to be able to pull that off (Tom Hanks is probably this generation's best to do so). Ok...tangent over. I don't know if the entire movie (Side Effects) will blow you away, but I think Rooney Mara herself was good in it.

There are many on your list I agree with those I've actually seen (Gravity and WWZ), and still looking forward to American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street.

However, I do disagree with you on Prisoners...like the movies I mentioned above (Pines and Mud), I didn't walk out of the theater with a smile on my face, but I was definitely moved. Maybe it was because it just was a great seeing Hugh Jackman in something without sideburns and blades coming out of his hands.


I guess I shouldn't diss all super hero movies, Len. It's just that I've been disappointed by most. (Iron Man & Chris Nolan's Batman Begins being 2 exceptions)

I was also disappointed by Prisoners. Especially after hearing from my son that it was the best movie he'd seen in years, not to mention that it was Denis Villeneuve's next movie after his 2010 gut-punching Incendies (which I'd rank among the top films of the past 10 years. It's that good) So, maybe my expectations were way too high, but I kinda just got tired of the story line. It was cool that there were more than one "prisoner" involved, but after a while I couldn't wait for it to end. I especially got tired of the Paul Dano scenes.

Side Effects was good, but because it involved a murder case I had trouble with the "willing suspension of disbelief" necessary to fully enjoy it. I realize now why my Dad couldn't watch Dr. Kildare or Ben Casey, even though my big sisters loved those old tv shows.

I agree about Rooney Mara, however. She's a rising star.

Finally, a big RIP to Peter O'Toole. He was a movie star among movie stars. A lady's man (with killer blue eyes) but a man's man as well. His exploits both on & off the set are legendary. http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/o-stories-ll-hear-peter-o-toole-12-165352629.html

An 8-time Oscar nominee, I just wish the Academy had finally given him his due when they had the chance back in 2007 for his tour-de-force performance in Venus.

He will be missed.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Jim! We haven't been to the movies all year, so I am totally out of touch on this front. You've given me a great list to watch at home. I do want to go see American Hustle and Inside Llewyn Davis if we can scrounge up a sitter over the holiday break.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Jim! I was just wondering where this list was.

I hope 2014 is better on the movie front as well as all others.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Academy Award nominations are announced early tomorrow morning. Here are my predictions:

Best Picture:

American Hustle (my favorite)
12 Years a Slave (probable winner)
Gravity (my second favorite)
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis (better cd than a movie. no plot)
The Wolf of Wall Street (an hour too long)
Nebraska (slow moving, but stays with you)
Captain Phillips

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) She will win. Bet the ranch.
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
I have no clue as to #5

Best Actor:

Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years a Slave) kept your interest throughout his entire ordeal
Matt McConaughey (Dallas Buyer's Club) Awesome again
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) the rescue scene shows his brillance
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Robert Redford (All is Lost) Remarkable in that it was all physical acting. Redfors spoke fewer than 20 words all film.

Oscar Issac from Llewyn Davis could sneak in here.

Supporting Actress:

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) She stole every scene she was in
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Scarlett Johannson (Her) Haven't seen it yet. I don't think she's on screen
June Squibb (Nebraska) reminded me of Julie's grandmother
I have no clue again...Oprah?

Supporting Actor:

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer's Club) In drag will get you noticed
Michael Fassbender (12 years a Slave)
Barkhad Abdi (Capt. Phillips) No prior acting experience at all
James Gandolfini (Enough Said) could pull a Heath Ledger
I have no clue again...James Franco?

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) Amazing visuals
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) difficult topic paced amazingly well
David o. Russell (American Hustle) I enjoyed every scene
Spike Jonze (Her) He's always different
Martin Scorsese (Wolf of Wall St)

I'd love to see Woody nominated here, but he'll be nominated for screenplay.

Original Screenplay

Woody (Blue Jasmine)
Spike Jonze (Her)
David O. Russell (American Hustle) hope he wins
Bob Nelson (Nebraska) dark, dry humor
Coen Brothers (Llewyn Davis) character study, movie went no where

Adapted Screenplay:

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke,& Richard Linkletter (Before Midnight) not as romantic as the previous 2, but boy is it realistic
Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
Terrence Winter (Wolf of Wall St) Wrote "fuck" 500+ times
no idea

Cinematography:

Gravity
Nebraska
12 years a Slave
Llewyn Davis

Animated

Frozen
No idea of the others, but doesn't matter. Frozen will win.

Foreign language:

Blue is the Warmest Color. 3 hours of lesbian porn. No thanks
The Great Beauty. Heard it's good
No idea...

Documentary:

Stories We Tell
The Act of Killing
are the only 2 I care to see

So, that's it, and this is it. This will be my final post here on Taper Madness. I don't run any more, and only a few of you go to the movies
If anyone want a movie recommendation, or review, drop me a pm or email.

Thanks, and Happy Trails to you all!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Jim, and many happy trails to you too!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy Jam wrote:
Academy Award nominations are announced early tomorrow morning.

So, that's it, and this is it. This will be my final post here on Taper Madness. I don't run any more, and only a few of you go to the movies
If anyone want a movie recommendation, or review, drop me a pm or email.

Thanks, and Happy Trails to you all!

Jim, I'll miss your posts, no matter how infrequent, if this really was your last post. I love your movie reviews and always find your other posts insightful and usually enlightening in some way. I'm sorry 2013 was such a rough year, and I certainly wish you a better 2014. You know that being a runner is not a criterion for posting on TM. I haven't been a runner in a long time and I still post here occasionally. Sadly, it seems that FB has truly been the final nail in TM's coffin.

Maybe you'll change your mind and stick around TM from time to time. Either way, thanks for all that you've brought to us. Cheers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jimmy Jam for the movie thread. I stopped in just to check it out. I now have my list because all I've seen lately are Frozen and Saving Mr.Banks (guess I'm into Disney) and I liked them both.

And although I still run, that is certainly not a criteria around here. I doubt anyone expected that I wouldn't be running.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim, while I don't watch a lot of movies this is my first go-to place when I'm looking for ideas. I'll also miss your posts, and this site has gone way beyond a runners forum, so no worries about that.

We just watched Short Term 12, and I'd recommend it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too use this thread to decide which movies I'll be watching.

If you're leaving, the least you can do is get a Facebook page.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I can't complain, since I've been a poor correspondent here lately. Life post-50-states has taken me in other directions, and I'm not at all sure that's a good thing........

But wait a minute. Yes, yes I think I CAN complain! I'll miss being able to check in here to see what Jimmy Jam is seeing, and to compare my review to his (generally, I love disagreeing with him, and I hate that I'm usually the lone voice, but isn't that the epitome of what our culture is about? I love that someone else is paying attention to the things I'm paying attention to).

So........if you're really done, Jimmy, then thanks for the fun times. I'll be sending you requests for your recommendations, you can be sure of that.

But, really, are you going out before the Academy Awards? Really? That's like seeing the finish line and stepping off the course. I double dare you to stick around and offer some more thoughts, at least for another couple of months...........
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