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Eric Morin
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SpongeBob season 2 disk 1.  I wish I could blame that on my 4 year old.
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 Brendan Howard wrote:

The Visitor is one of the best character studies I have ever seen. Richard Jenkins' performance is masterful, and the whole film is beautiful. If Jenkins does not get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, it's only because not enough people have seen it. Definitely worth your time.

Got this from Netflix on Blu today.  Watched it late this afternoon.  Agree with everything you wrote.  It's a fantastic movie, start to finish.  Can't recommend it enough.  All the performances are spot-on terrific.  What an emotionally satisfying film that ended up surprising me at nearly every turn.  Loved it.

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Greg the Bunny
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Taking a Film Music class this semester---- will be watching the original King Kong next week
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First time, Chris?  If so, you're in for a treat!
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'k, it was movie day at Casa de Reed.  I just finished watching GONE BABY GONE.  Really good movie to go along with the two other fine movies I saw today.  I enjoyed all the performances, the story brought up a bunch of pertinent questions (what would you do given the circumstances?), and as a whole it was really accomplished for first time director Ben Affleck.    Casey Affleck has really come into his own.  Fine work.  And Michelle Monaghan was a discovery for me.  Not only beautiful, but a fine actress in her own right.  Last time today, highly recommended.
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ARTISTS AND MODELS - Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine

A childhood favorite of mine!  Maclaine as the BAT-LADY model...YUMMY!
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Step Brothers last night.
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I watched The Inglorious Bastards last night. I've been wanting to see it since Quentin Tarantino has been talking about doing a remake. It was a decent 70's action flick. Nice premise, but lots of plot holes along the way. Nothing great, but then again nothing horrible. I wouldn't call it an exploitation film, but with the cast of Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson it is easily lumped in that lot. It was previously released on home video as G. I. Bro and Deadly Mission.
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YETI - a Sci-Fi Channel production with the little bits of gore excised from what was broadcast included for the DVD. Definitely not a classic, but a not-too-bad way of wasting 90 minutes of your life. 
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Double Indemnity: Facinating to see Fred McMurray from My Three Sons involved in a film noir crime of passion!

Midnight Cowboy: Amazing performances by Hoffman and Voight...an extremely dark movie with a very sad, but strangely uplifting ending.

High Noon: Great tension and build-up, but I thought the ending was a tad abrupt and anticlimatic.

Burn After Reading: Not the greatest comedic effort by the Coens, but still a good rent. Brad Pitt was especially funny in his himbo-esque role, and John Malkovich was born to play such a manic character.

X-Files--I Want to Believe: Basically a big-budget version of a standard X-Files episode. Not bad, but nothing that blew my socks off.

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Matt, yes, my first time for Kong. the only Kong I've seen was the Jeff Bridges movie.
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Hey, Matt, what ever happened with your girlfriend and It's A Wonderful Life?
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Chris: the only Kong I've seen was the Jeff Bridges movie
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You, sir, are in for a treat

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The original King Kong is a phenomenal movie and it has a great score. Of course, the John Barry score for the 70's Kong is pretty good too.
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 Chris Hutton wrote:
Hey, Matt, what ever happened with your girlfriend and It's A Wonderful Life?

Thanks for asking!  I got caught up in a wave of holiday travel and forgot to post her reaction.  Needless to say, she was chiding me the entire time I was getting ready; drinks, popcorn, etc.  But at the end of the movie, she enjoyed it.  She laughed in all the right places, especially during and after the high school dance scene where the floor separates to reveal the pool, and she caught me wiping away a tear at the end of the movie.  I think I'll have a less difficult time convincing her to see it next holiday season, so that's a bonus for me!  Haven't conquered her dislike of B&W, but babysteps...

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Matt, I wish I had got my fiance to watch it this year.  She hasn't seen it yet, but we just ran out of time. The feelings you mentioned definitly describe some of my main reactions throughout the film.

So over the past few days, I have had quite a few things going on the player.  I got to see the first disc of Planet Earth.  It really did live up to the hype.  I just kept rerunning the episodes and was totally enthrawled. I am glad I had that at the top of my queue.

I also watched the Stan Lee/Kevin Smith interviews.  I have to say, it was really interesting to see and here some of the stories.  It also changed some of my perspectives on what led to Marvel's early success. It also had an interesting interview with Stan's wife. It was pretty interesting as well.

Then the kids had to watch Horton Hears a Who...over and over and over again.  I haven't seen it in one sitting for one reason or another, but I enjoyed what I saw.

Next up is Casino Royale.  Kristina has not watched it and I am dieing to see the Free Running chase seen in 65" of high-def!

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King of Kong 

  EXCELLENT!!!!!!! this is the 2nd time I have seen it and it is still fun to watch. Steve Weibe rocks!



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Had a mini Sidney Lumet marathon today.  First up was DOG DAY AFTERNOON.  I thought it was really well done.  Not having seen it before, the way the story played out was a surprise to me.  I was only five when the actual events took place in 1972, so I have no memory of it.  Good performances all around. 

Then I watched BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD.  Quite frankly, it blew my socks off.  I thought it was terrific.  It was a stellar script performed by a first-rate cast; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei.  It's one of those movies where the tension is slowly, masterfully cranked until the end when you're about to burst.  A fine movie that should have gotten more Oscar recognition last year.  Hard to believe that Lumet was 82 at the time it was filmed. Wonderful direction that had a ton of energy behind it but also allowed for some scenes to take their time. I loved the movie so much that I watched the "making of" extra and then the commentary track...something I haven't done in a really long time. 

Although I enjoyed DOG DAY AFTERNOON, I can't recommend BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD enough.  Put it in your Netflix queue.  You won't regret it.

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The events turned into DOG DAY AFTERNOON were big local news, for sure. I had friends later who had grown up only a few blocks down from that bank -- they were there! It's one of the young Pacino's justly legendary performances.
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Watched  most of Reno 911 season 5 yesterday. Will finish up today or tomorrow.
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Matt:

The more films I watch of his, and the older I get, the more I appreciate Sidney Lumet.  The guy has a fantastic knack with actors, probably because he was one himself.  12 ANGRY MEN, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and especially NETWORK are some of my all-time favorites.  I'm adding BEFORE THE DEVIL... right away!

(However, I still haven't been able to force myself to watch THE WIZ.)

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Thinking about it, I've seen a ton of Lumet's work, but have never really associated it with him the way I do, say, Hitchcock or Wise.  Although I hadn't seen DOG DAY, I have seen most of the films you mention. 12 ANGRY MEN is a favorite. I've got NETWORK and THE VERDICT, two films I haven't seen, waiting to be watched and since I'm on a Lumet roll, it'll probably be this week.  Other films he's done that I've loved are RUNNING ON EMPTY and DEATHTRAP.  I do love to find a director and watch a bunch of their films in succession.

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By all means, if you only pick one of those for this week, watch NETWORK.  Made in 1976, it's shockingly ahead-of-its-time.  Next time you watch the local or national news, you'll be shaking your head in disbelief, wondering how Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky could have been so on-the-money with their predictions.

And it's a great film, regardless of its prescient nature!

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I was nine when it came out, so I have a spotty memory of it playing on network television in '77 or '78.  Never sat down to watch it beginning to end, however, so it's definitely on my list of "must watch" while I'm between gigs.  I've also heard a ton of great things about THE VERDICT and since Newman is one of my favorite actors, coupled with his death late last year, it'll probably be a toss up as to what I watch next. 
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Newman's greatest later-years performance in THE VERDICT, in my opinion. A lot of seriously botched law in the movie, but even being a law prof. myself, I don't mind it a bit. He's just too good!

NETWORK -- saw that as a kid and yelled out the key line from my window. Nah, I wasn't really mad...!

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