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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    I saw Sherlock Holmes last night and I thougt it was okay. In my opinion, it tended to get VERY confusing on parts and it also tended to stray away from the storyline on some parts and get a little boring. I thought it was trying to be something it just wasn't and it didn't deliver, I mean it was suppose to be a action movie and it had some action but it had more comedy. When it comes to me and movies, I have high expectations on what I want to see and It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. However it had excellent casting. Jude Law and RDJ as well as Rachel McAdams make this worth watching at least once, but in my opinion it's best to wait for a DVD/Blu Ray release and renting it. It's just not worth the price of admission to see it in the theaters.
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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    well i'm currently watching the sound of music, because my bf can't seem to get out of the house so we can go watch a movie
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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    Regarding Sherlock Holmes, and I suppose regarding movies in general, if there are effects and great cinematography, I always suggest it be seen in the theater when possible. Sherlock Holmes did have confusing parts, and it WAS a mix of action and comedy, but visually it was worth seeing in the theater.

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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    Sherlock Holmes - I thought it got a weeeeee bit long entering Act III but otherwise a very entertaining movie.

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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    Finally got around to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD I got for Christmas. My favorite film from the series so far.
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    Regarding Sherlock Holmes...

    I'll get the bias out in the open to begin with. My first exposure to the character was when I was 10, my aunt bought me the complete collection (with original illustrations and published in chronological order). It's a sizable volume on my shelf and most visitors ask if I've actually read it (since it is the complete collection and not individual books). Over the years I've read it multiple times.

    That said Sherlock Holmes is quite possibly one of the most diverse characters ever written. He's a manic depressive genius addicted to opium who can read people at a glance but fails to socialize with individuals in general due to various personality quirks. His mind is constantly analyzing, constantly moving, and as Watson eventually realizes the violin, pipe, or opium den are his methods of calming down so he can rest (in short they slow his train of thought). Shows like Lie to Me, The Mentalist, Monk, and Big Bang Theory and CSI are in part based on various aspects of Holme's character... as I said a very complex individual.

    So on Christmas at around 930pm I attempted to go see the film. Due to the crowds I reconsidered. Tinkmomma knows that Holmes is a "boyhood hero" and she was nice enough to get me a ticket for Saturday night. Once the kids were tucked in bed, I was off on a solo movie run. I'm very lucky to have such an understanding wife.

    What I liked about the movie...
    - Robert Downey Jr is possibly one of the best Holmes I have seen (which says a lot considering it has been portrayed by a myriad of individuals). While I did not appreciate the various fight scenes (Holmes was a boxer, not a kung fu master) I did enjoy hearing his mind at work. Even in a fight Holmes is thinking well in advance of his adversary and it showed.

    - Watson and Holmes shared a pseudo "Odd Couple" relationship which was hinted at in the collection, but on full display in the movie. Many do not realize it but Sherlock Holmes is written from the perspective of Watson, as they are generally Watson's notes (he notes on several occasions that as a term of his "friendship" he is the record keeper and to some degree caretaker of Holmes)

    - Holmes is a master of disguise, and while the parts played in this movie were trivial, that is one of many details that were included.

    - Parts are left out or merely hinted about and explained later in the movie. They did not dumb this one down for the general public. I was terrified they would but they didn't. They made people think and for the most part I LOVED that aspect of the film. In the books there are many times throughout various cases that the reader is left "out of the loop" and wondering how Holmes came to a conclusion. It is then explained that Holmes was busy "behind the scenes" when Watson wasn't present. This again is a detail included in the movie. It could have been used more, but it was still effective. Likewise details are mentioned, but not explained, only to be fully explained later when the solution is presented. As I said earlier this is very much like the book.

    - Characters are mentioned, even if only as passing tribute or cameos... Moriarty is well known and mentioned, Adler is a main character (only woman to best Holmes as he points out in book and in movie), Mycroft is mentioned (major surprise as he is someone most of the public does not know), Lestrade is a main character.

    - The violin is used in a really stylistic fashion to convey the thoughts of Holmes. In most movies you are presented with the classic Holmes playing as a silhouette in the window. It was refreshing to have a modern take on the violin.

    What I did not like about the movie;

    - Fight scenes... necessary evil in modern films but as mentioned Holmes is a Victorian era boxer not a kung fu master. If I remember correctly he had some training in judo/wrestling... but not to the degree represented in the fights. It would have been better as the traditional bare knuckle brawler style...

    - Romance between Adler and Holmes. His respect for her was conveyed on an intellectual level. The movie tried to paint a far more romantic view of the couple.

    - Treatment of Lestrade... Holmes generally made jokes about him in various cases, but always lighthearted. He mentions multiple times that for a policeman Lestrade is not only bright, but one of few who shows promise. In the movie the arrogance is really played up to an almost vile sarcastic humor.

    - The whole secret society bit... this isn't a Dan Brown novel.


    For this movie the devil is in the details, they are the most important aspect of the book and that dogma was not lost when it was transferred to film. I would encourage individuals to read some of the cases. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes I was terrified that this movie would somehow screw up, somehow skew the character into an unrecognizable James Bond of Victorian England. Some of the film was unbelievable, over the top, borderline annoying, but I keep coming back to how Robert Downey Jr played the character. His ability to capture the various aspects of Holmes was nothing short of amazing. Guy Richie and the writers also deserve credit for making the fight scenes more then just a simple brawl.
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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    ^ Nice write up, techskip! I've never completely read a Sherlock Holmes story, so it's great to understand the new movie now from the details you shared (altho' I'd love to hear other life-long Holmes fans share their thoughts as well). It's kinda like the same line JJ Abrams and team walked when they created their Star Trek movie. Thanks!

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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    The Dark Knight (Blu Ray)

    I didn't think it was possible for this movie to be any better, but it looks absolutely AMAZING in Blu Ray. The action sequences, you can tell they filmed them in IMAX as the aspect ratio changes, but it's so subtle, you notice something is different the first couple of times but your not sure. And my God does Heath Ledgers performance get better every time you watch it.


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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    All About Steve. I liked Sandra Bullock, but Thomas Hayden Church stole every scene he was in.
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    Avatar and I loved it!


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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    I saw "Sherlock Holmes" on xmas night and enjoyed it.

    On dvd (Netflix), I just finished "Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince". Those movies are always excellent.

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    "Nine"

    We saw it last night; I loved - and hated it, all at the same time.
    This was exactly the comment that a colleague of mine made after she saw a preview of the movie, and I thought, "Huh?" - now I agree with her 100%.

    Director Rob Marshall cut a dozen songs out of the original Broadway musical (added a couple of others) and cut most of the "meat" out of the plot.
    As the musical is based on Fellini's "8 1/2" [an autobiographical portrait of the Maestro of Italian film-making; it is an unflinching look at Fellini's mix of 'Catholicism, Pasta, and Pornography' (to quote a lyric): how he lost his virginity to the town prostitute at age 8, and confused love and sex (and the Church) ever since]; it is important to understand the source material - as the full subject matter never comes into perspective. Another lyric in the orginal musical says; "The problem is the subject - there's no pleasant way to treat it", so Rob Marshall just skirted the entire issue and made pretty pictures... things are 'hinted' at, but "all the clues" are not even presented: children run on the beach, Fergie sings a song, the priests are upset, Sophia Loren sings a song - but what happened?!

    The casting is superb. Judy Dench is mesmerizing, as is Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Penelope Cruz. Each (remaining) musical number is a gem; just what you would want to see. The locales are beautiful, the cimematography is magnificent - as is the Costuming (I personally hate Colleen Atwood, but the b*tch hires great people and does beautiful work...)

    It's as if an Amazing Chef had all of the Best Ingredients at his disposal, but never mixed them together and never baked the cake; each is a quality ingredient, but the chocolate, eggs, cream, butter, flour, and sugar don't (can't on their own) add up to anything. If you didn't know the (intended) plot, you were left in the dark.

    To quote my husband; "What the hell was that all about?"

    I understand that only 29% of the country's film critic's gave it a Positive review; I understand their quandary...
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    It's Complicated. It was a great laugh-out-loud movie and being a fan of Meryl Streep, it didn't disappoint






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    Re: The "What Movie Did You Just See?" thread RELOADED

    9

    No, not NINE the musical, 9 the animated movie.

    Honestly, it was very cool to look at, but the story made no sense.


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