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    I saw Notes on a Scandal and Volver last night...time for me to get pretty snotty.


    Notes on a Scandal

    Notes struck my interest, as most movies do, because of achieving great critical acclaim; I've even seen it on several critics Top-10 lists of the year and it's garnered four academy award nominations, three of which are in "majoy categories". The story chronicals the arrival of Sheba Hart as a new art teacher at a bourgeois British school and the events to follow that unravel both her, and her collegue Barbara Covett's (a stirring Judi Dench).

    However, each character's fall from grace is significantly different. After witnessing an affair between Sheba and a 15 year old student, Barb uses her leverage against the young teacher to try and further their relationship as "companions".

    From a critical standpoint, Dench walks away with the picture. While Blanchett is convincing and able to dissapear into her role, the strengths of the screenplay certaintly play to Dench as the cunning, manipulative Barbara. What we're left with for Blanchett's character are a series of fairly unconvincing circumstances that led to her affair and her dealings with it after being exposed. Nonetheless, the lopsided quality of leads, while apparent, is not unforgivably distracting.

    By the time the movie concludes (which is in fact well done), what we're left with is not what I'd consider a a serious drama only because the story is a little lacking of depth and consistancy. The movie feels more like a light-suspense due to its moments of intensity (although sparatic at times) and its fast-paced nature. I'm not particularly in love with the unfolding of Sheba's love affair but the documentary-like narration by Barbara as she pens her diary offers a fitting and cathartic touch and leaves us siding with Barb despite her ever-present ulterior motives.

    I feel this film will play very well to most upon a first viewing but after some analysis the flaws start to surface. Still, not nearly enough are present for me to disrecommond it in any way.

    *** (out of ****)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Line
    Because Australia doesn't have culture?
    Excuse me if I don't go to film festivales with my gay husband. (Rocky)


    “Unless a man undertakes more
    than he possibly can do, he will
    never do all that he can.”

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    Alien vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest

    Release Date: December 21, 2007
    Studio: 20th Century Fox
    Director: Greg Strause, Colin Strause
    Screenwriter: Shane Salerno
    Starring: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Shareeka Epps, Johnny Lewis, Sam Trammell, David Paetkau
    Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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    Official Website: AVP-movie.com
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    Plot Summary: In this follow-up to the worldwide hit "Alien vs. Predator," the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage their most brutal battle yet in an unsuspecting Colorado town.




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    Hannibal Rising

    Release Date: February 9, 2007
    Studio: MGM, The Weinstein Company
    Director: Peter Webber
    Screenwriter: Thomas Harris
    Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd
    Genre: Thriller
    MPAA Rating: R (for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references)
    Official Website: WeinsteinCo.com/HannibalRising
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    Plot Summary: In "Red Dragon" we learned who he was. In "Silence of the Lambs" we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?

    "Hannibal Rising" marks the first time in the award-winning series, best selling author Thomas Harris ("Red Dragon," "Silence of the Lambs") writes the screenplay – reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter's rage, terror and savagery.

    The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival – at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents' violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of.

    Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family's beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made.

    Gaspard Ulliel plays the fearsome Lecter, alongside Gong Li, Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Peter Webber ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") directs.




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    Jurassic Park 4

    Release Date: TBA 2008
    Studio: Universal Pictures
    Director: Joe Johnston
    Screenwriter: William Monahan, John Sayles
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    Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
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    Official Website: JurassicPark.com
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    Plot Summary: Hapless humans once again are pitted against dinosaurs created from ancient strands of DNA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chesticles
    Excuse me if I don't go to film festivales with my gay husband. (Rocky)
    I would love to go to festivals...after I graduate I'm definitely going out to Park City Colorado for Sundance...Cannes would be even better but I think it's a bit exclusive. As for me and Rocky being gay lovers, his taste in movies isn't good enough for me.




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    Chesticles - why have you posted up info on the worst films coming out soon?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line
    As for me and Rocky being gay lovers, his taste in movies isn't good enough for me.
    I have one word in response to that shamefully poor comment...Gigli.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    Chesticles - why have you posted up info on the worst films coming out soon?
    What the hells wrong with hannibal rising, it looks good. Here watch the trailer.

    http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplayli...tw=480&qth=300




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    Quote Originally Posted by Chesticles
    What the hells wrong with hannibal rising, it looks good. Here watch the trailer.

    http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplayli...tw=480&qth=300


    Yeah, so does the trailer for The Number 23, right Rocky?




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    i was gonna watch 23, Jim Carrey is in it




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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCharisma
    i was gonna watch 23, Jim Carrey is in it
    Refer to your sig.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line


    Yeah, so does the trailer for The Number 23, right Rocky?
    Well if its not about gay cowboys eating pudding, then I guess it doesn't appeal to you




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    ^^Stinking indies


    Hey Line, were you able to see Letters From Iwo Jima? Thoughts?


    Stand or fall, but choose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Line


    Yeah, so does the trailer for The Number 23, right Rocky?
    Number 23 might yet turn out to be ok - Gigli will never be ok...ever.




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    Untitled Friday the 13th Origin Film

    Release Date: TBA
    Studio: New Line Cinema
    Director: Jonathan Liebesman
    Screenwriter: Mark Wheaton
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    Genre: Horror
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    Plot Summary: New Line Cinema will release its 11th film in the sturdy "Friday the 13th"" franchise on Friday, October 13. The movie will center on the origins of the Jason Voorhees character as portrayed in the first four films in the series.




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    ^Please stop Chesty.

    This is a film discussion thread. Not a turd discussion thread.

    That's elsewhere in the section.




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