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    Into the Woods: No idea this was a musical. Ok, I can deal. I love some movie musicals (Chicago, Mama Mia). But this was hit and miss for me. Depp creeped me out. I thought Emily Blunt gave one of the strongest performances. The plot is weak. Meh, it wasn't horrible but not something I'd watch again.

    Unbroken: I dozed off and on during the second act. The first half wasn't bad although some of the scenes are so blatantly CGI and/or sets that you get distracted for a minute or two. But the second half, is just a series of scenes where not much happens, there is no tension, there is nothing to get worked up about. There is barely any dialogue and it wasn't gritty or realistic enough for you to stay connected to Louis either through his personality or through empathy. It wasn't terrible but if you've read the book, it is a let down.

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    Wolf of Wall Street - It was okay. But they seriously could have cut almost every scene time wise and it would have been better. I felt like there was too much obvious ad-lib that just wasn't that good.
    There weren't any characters to really care about. They were all terrible people. When it ended, it was a relief and we all wondered where we could find ludes these days. Lol, kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprynkles View Post
    Wolf of Wall Street - It was okay. But they seriously could have cut almost every scene time wise and it would have been better. I felt like there was too much obvious ad-lib that just wasn't that good.
    There weren't any characters to really care about. They were all terrible people. When it ended, it was a relief and we all wondered where we could find ludes these days. Lol, kidding.
    Totally agree. Just saw this last week. All the boobs and full frontal shots got tiresome very fast.
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    Unbroken - Loved it and had a completely different take that CFG did.

    Selma - This movie will stick with me for a long time. It was well done. The violence was necessary with heart wrenching honesty. They did not put King up on a pedestal but showed him as a flawed man. They story was well handled. The audience was 99.999% white suburban adults, and at the end not one person moved as the credits rolled. It was powerful and I would love to see it shown in all high schools. It was filmed prior to Ferguson, and the other issues with Black Lives Matter, but is still timely. The song by Common and John Legend won the Golden Globe tonight and I had it gets a lot of airplay.
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    Stephen King's Bag of Bones. There was nothing much on tv, it was a Sunday afternoon after a big dinner and the MIL had recorded it. My other half fell asleep, the MIL nodded off for a bit somewhere around the middle and the dog snored loudly most of the way through. It was no hardship to leave to go home before the end.
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    Grand Budapest Hotel. I really enjoyed this movie. Ralph Fiennes is not only hot as hell, but he was so damn good in this role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    Into the Woods: No idea this was a musical. Ok, I can deal. I love some movie musicals (Chicago, Mama Mia). But this was hit and miss for me. Depp creeped me out. I thought Emily Blunt gave one of the strongest performances. The plot is weak. Meh, it wasn't horrible but not something I'd watch again.

    I wasn't aware this was a musical, either. They are not my favorite thing and I can only stand a few. This show was okay...the storyline kept me entertained enough to ignore the singing. And I SO agree about Depp. He was in high creep and pervy mode. But to me, he was just letting his inner self shine. Can't stand the puke.

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    Last night, we watched a lot of "Finding Vivian Maier". It's a documentary about a woman who worked as a nanny most of her life. After she died, the storage locker that she had kept photos in was auctioned off because nobody had been paying. Inside were about 150,000 photographs (mostly undeveloped). And videos.

    She was basically a street photographer who was funding her passion by being a nanny (someone described her as "Mary Poppins with a camera)". It looks like her camera of choice was a Rolleiflex medium format. That is not a camera that a casual person uses. Even though she had literally no fame or recognition in her lifetime, she has become a phenomenon, with posthumous exhibitions and fights over the ownership of her VAST collection of photos. She also had the eccentricities of someone who was maybe bipolar or had Apserger's. Or both.

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    boyhood...loved it. it is really neat to watch all of the characters age and it was just a story about life and growing up. nothing splashy or flashy necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Last night, we watched a lot of "Finding Vivian Maier". It's a documentary about a woman who worked as a nanny most of her life. After she died, the storage locker that she had kept photos in was auctioned off because nobody had been paying. Inside were about 150,000 photographs (mostly undeveloped). And videos.

    She was basically a street photographer who was funding her passion by being a nanny (someone described her as "Mary Poppins with a camera)". It looks like her camera of choice was a Rolleiflex medium format. That is not a camera that a casual person uses. Even though she had literally no fame or recognition in her lifetime, she has become a phenomenon, with posthumous exhibitions and fights over the ownership of her VAST collection of photos. She also had the eccentricities of someone who was maybe bipolar or had Apserger's. Or both.



    i think i posted about this documentary after i saw it at the movies and it's phenomenal. it's very well made and while you can't help but feel this is someone who most definitely wouldn't have wanted people prying into her private life outside of looking at her pictures, the film does it in a very considerate way and with a lot of affection for her. it's a great film and her pictures are great - very observant and with a very sly sense of humour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i think i posted about this documentary after i saw it at the movies and it's phenomenal. it's very well made and while you can't help but feel this is someone who most definitely wouldn't have wanted people prying into her private life outside of looking at her pictures, the film does it in a very considerate way and with a lot of affection for her. it's a great film and her pictures are great - very observant and with a very sly sense of humour.
    I was pleasantly surprised that my kids sat through so much of it without complaining. I think it helped that there were some parallels between her behavior and my mom's. Like the stockpiling of newspapers. I don't know if you remember, but Maier had a room above the employer/dad's office and she had packed so much newspaper in her room that it went to the ceiling and caused the floor to sag in the office below. The poor guy had no idea what was happening so he had installed a steel vertical support beam in his office so he wouldn't be crushed.

    My mom was a photography bug (knew how to use rangefinder cameras and even manual exposure meters). And she hoarded newspapers like you would not believe.....

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    American Sniper ... I thought this was pretty realistic. The plot is fairly obvious and I don't want to give anything away. Thank god I watched it at home because I was bawling my eyes out at the end (super emotional). What we put our soldiers through ....

    ETA: The Wolf of Wall Street .... I wasn't going to watch this because I heard that fuck was used almost every other word (not that I'm a prude and don't have a mouth myself when I get going, but I don't need to listen to a 3 hour movie with fuck, fuck, fuckity, fuck every other second) and I really dislike Leo DiCaprio (I have no idea why, it's irrational, I have nothing against him, I just really dislike him). I didn't think the language was THAT bad considering it's a Scorcese movie. If you have already seen one of his movies (and shame on you if you haven't), you know the way he makes his movies. It totally kept my interest for most of the the 3 hour run time (!!!) but there were definitely scenes that should have been cut or shortened at least. I even like Leo in it (ugh, puke). I would say this is a typical Scorcese boilerplate movie and if you generally like his movies, you'll like this one (but may be yawning towards the end because it's way too long). I do have to admit that I was disturbed by the generally HOT Matthew McConaughey's appearance in the beginning of the movie. He looks seriously ill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I was pleasantly surprised that my kids sat through so much of it without complaining. I think it helped that there were some parallels between her behavior and my mom's. Like the stockpiling of newspapers. I don't know if you remember, but Maier had a room above the employer/dad's office and she had packed so much newspaper in her room that it went to the ceiling and caused the floor to sag in the office below. The poor guy had no idea what was happening so he had installed a steel vertical support beam in his office so he wouldn't be crushed.

    My mom was a photography bug (knew how to use rangefinder cameras and even manual exposure meters). And she hoarded newspapers like you would not believe.....
    yeah, i remember. and all the families she worked with were warned to never go into her rooms. and they were all sufficiently scared of her that they complied, and it wasn't until later in life that they discovered that it was because she was such a hoarder.

    i never thought of the parallel between photography and hoarding though, and i'm also an amateur photography nut. not a hoarder though... yet.
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    The great thing about digital photography/documentation is you can be a hoarder and nobody will ever know.

    My mom left behind about 7 archive boxes worth of photos. I've been going through them and high-res scanning ones that are worth keeping and then basically getting rid of the all the bad/irrelevant ones. I really feel like I am rediscovering my family. I didn't know my mom was a blonde all the way into her mid teens. (She had almost black hair for most of my life.)
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