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2014-02-21 09:20:51 AM  
If Sharknado doesn't win, the awards are a farce.
 
2014-02-21 09:33:23 AM  
Because he was the best director? Dnrtfa cause gravity easily deserves it
 
2014-02-21 09:41:25 AM  
Gravity was dull. Nebraska was muted and a little dull. American Hustle wasn't.  I don't mean glitz. American Hustle had the funniest "meet cute" scene in years -- the couple were swathed in dry cleaning. You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination
 
2014-02-21 09:46:29 AM  

yakmans_dad: You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination


you don't think "RAMIREZ GET TO THE SOYUZ POD!" is imaginative writing?
 
2014-02-21 10:01:42 AM  
I may have been too drunk when I watched it, but I didn't really like Gravity.
 
2014-02-21 10:30:39 AM  
Her should win - how it wasn't nom'd for director is beyond me.

American Hustle - I don't get the accolades, but then, after seeing several of his films, just not a fan of Russell by any stretch.  (I know I'm in the minority, but AH sucked.  Sucked hard!)
 
2014-02-21 11:03:53 AM  

yakmans_dad: Gravity was dull. Nebraska was muted and a little dull. American Hustle wasn't.  I don't mean glitz. American Hustle had the funniest "meet cute" scene in years -- the couple were swathed in dry cleaning. You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination


American Hustle is an okay movie with a couple sorta funny scenes. I left the theater thinking I should have just waited to rent it. Other than acting it deserves no nominations or awards.
 
2014-02-21 11:44:43 AM  

yakmans_dad: Gravity was dull. Nebraska was muted and a little dull. American Hustle wasn't.  I don't mean glitz. American Hustle had the funniest "meet cute" scene in years -- the couple were swathed in dry cleaning. You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination


It's always nice to see someone with tastes completely the opposite of my own.  Seriously, I mean that. I have a bad habit of assuming everyone thinks like me.

Gravity kept me utterly engaged like no movie has The Thing, American Hustle was so lightweight and poorly paced the decent acting and nice sets were completely wasted. I completely forgot everything about it an hour after I left the cinema.
 
2014-02-21 12:13:00 PM  

browntimmy: American Hustle is an okay movie with a couple sorta funny scenes. I left the theater thinking I should have just waited to rent it. Other than acting it deserves no nominations or awards.


I thought AH was staggeringly average.  It was okay.  It wasn't bad.  It wasn't great.  It certainly was no where near as good as the hype.  Gravity was an amazing TECHNICAL achievement.  One of the most amazing LOOKING films ever.  As a total film, meh.  The fact that I kind of hoped that SB's character died showed the direction wasn't achieving its goals.  If you want a film in a similar plot type that is great, watch All is Lost.  Probably 4 lines of dialogue in that film total, but it works...completely.  Of course the director isn't nominated, so all is lost for this category (and all others).
 
2014-02-21 12:21:10 PM  
I really was pretty amazed by Gravity, in that they actually weren't in space.
 
2014-02-21 12:29:36 PM  

sprawl15: yakmans_dad: You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination

you don't think "RAMIREZ GET TO THE SOYUZ POD!" is imaginative writing?


"What happened to hairy guy? Tell me about the hairy guy."
 
2014-02-21 12:52:14 PM  
I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.
 
2014-02-21 01:00:32 PM  

Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.


Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.
 
2014-02-21 01:21:26 PM  

browntimmy: yakmans_dad: Gravity was dull. Nebraska was muted and a little dull. American Hustle wasn't.  I don't mean glitz. American Hustle had the funniest "meet cute" scene in years -- the couple were swathed in dry cleaning. You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination

American Hustle is an okay movie with a couple sorta funny scenes. I left the theater thinking I should have just waited to rent it. Other than acting it deserves no nominations or awards.


At the end, I realized that the movie was seriously asserting that the crooked politicians that took bribes were the good guys, just misunderstood and trying to help the little guy.
 
2014-02-21 01:23:24 PM  

mjbok: browntimmy: American Hustle is an okay movie with a couple sorta funny scenes. I left the theater thinking I should have just waited to rent it. Other than acting it deserves no nominations or awards.

I thought AH was staggeringly average.  It was okay.  It wasn't bad.  It wasn't great.  It certainly was no where near as good as the hype.  Gravity was an amazing TECHNICAL achievement.  One of the most amazing LOOKING films ever.  As a total film, meh.  The fact that I kind of hoped that SB's character died showed the direction wasn't achieving its goals.  If you want a film in a similar plot type that is great, watch All is Lost.  Probably 4 lines of dialogue in that film total, but it works...completely.  Of course the director isn't nominated, so all is lost for this category (and all others).


I thought it was pretty awesome when she got out of the capsule, walked up to the beach, and was promptly eaten by Richard Parker after being beaten up by a gorilla.
 
2014-02-21 01:27:43 PM  
The Wolf of Wall Street was far and away the best movie of the year.  I don't know how that translates into Best Director/Picture awards, but it deserves everything it wins.  Gravity was pretty good as well, and a worthy runner up.  American Hustle was boring and contrived.  You might say it insists upon itself.
 
2014-02-21 01:33:57 PM  

Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.


Fortunately for your butt hurt I only posted my unique experience and not an opinion. I guess im not the type of person to let myself get raped and just kind of let the person finish up so I can post a breakdown down on fark of the parts I really didnt like as opposed to the parts that were just uncomfortable. I was pretty sure I didnt want to spend anymore of my limited time on earth experiencing the rest of that movie because I was able to determine right away that it wasnt for me. ymmv.
 
2014-02-21 01:45:43 PM  

Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.


Hopefully you don't like Roger Ebert then.
 
2014-02-21 02:09:07 PM  

Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.


Can you think of any movies that started off terrible, but then got better as they went along?

Basically, most movies need time to set up their premise, and some need more than 15 minutes to do so. So I agree with you, don't get me wrong. I've actually never walked out of a movie.

But to refine my question a little bit more, if after, say 30 minutes, you're sitting in a film thinking it's crap, has it ever improved after that point?

I've had it happen many times where I've sat there thinking "well, there's still 45 minutes. Maybe it'll get better." But it never has. I first became aware of this "hopefulness the movie will improve somehow" while watching "The Last Airbender."

I just want to know others experience. Has a movie ever started off crappy, but gotten better after you stuck with it?
 
2014-02-21 02:11:37 PM  

mjbok: Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.

Hopefully you don't like Roger Ebert then.


Bullshiat. Ebert did that to ONE movie, quickly apologized and watched the whole thing, and didn't change his review at all.
 
2014-02-21 02:12:22 PM  

Por que tan serioso: Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.

Fortunately for your butt hurt I only posted my unique experience and not an opinion. I guess im not the type of person to let myself get raped and just kind of let the person finish up so I can post a breakdown down on fark of the parts I really didnt like as opposed to the parts that were just uncomfortable. I was pretty sure I didnt want to spend anymore of my limited time on earth experiencing the rest of that movie because I was able to determine right away that it wasnt for me. ymmv.


Oddly, I think that is English but I can't possibly make a lick of sense of it.
 
2014-02-21 02:15:01 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Has a movie ever started off crappy, but gotten better after you stuck with it?


I'd say it's more common with TV shows. There are a hell of a lot of great, great TV shows that can be a chore to watch from the beginning. Even The Wire is difficult to sit through until you're in about Hour 3 or 4. Movies generally don't have that much time to waste. I'd argue most movies start pretty great and then devolve, like Stephen King novels.
 
2014-02-21 02:20:13 PM  

animal900: American Hustle was boring and contrived.  You might say it insists upon itself.


You might say anything. I don't know what "insists upon itself" means. Or why that act is either good or bad.

American Hustle was a heist flick. Like Topkapi or Gambit. A heist flick invites the audience to root for bad people.  Or, as in "How to Steal a Million", nice people doing bad things. That's no more contrived than any other genre pic.
 
2014-02-21 02:24:45 PM  

Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.

Fortunately for your butt hurt I only posted my unique experience and not an opinion. I guess im not the type of person to let myself get raped and just kind of let the person finish up so I can post a breakdown down on fark of the parts I really didnt like as opposed to the parts that were just uncomfortable. I was pretty sure I didnt want to spend anymore of my limited time on earth experiencing the rest of that movie because I was able to determine right away that it wasnt for me. ymmv.

Oddly, I think that is English but I can't possibly make a lick of sense of it.


No.....no I dont suppose you could.
 
2014-02-21 02:26:23 PM  

Confabulat: ThatBillmanGuy: Has a movie ever started off crappy, but gotten better after you stuck with it?

I'd say it's more common with TV shows. There are a hell of a lot of great, great TV shows that can be a chore to watch from the beginning. Even The Wire is difficult to sit through until you're in about Hour 3 or 4. Movies generally don't have that much time to waste. I'd argue most movies start pretty great and then devolve, like Stephen King novels.


That's a pretty good point. Even The Last Airbender had that pretty awesome live-action homage to the opening credits at the very beginning. The rest of the movie was crap from there.
 
2014-02-21 02:30:02 PM  
ThatBillmanGuy:

I just want to know others experience. Has a movie ever started off crappy, but gotten better after you stuck with it?

The Happening
Pulp Fiction
Return of the Jedi
Reefer Madness
 
2014-02-21 02:38:42 PM  

Confabulat: mjbok: Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.

Hopefully you don't like Roger Ebert then.

Bullshiat. Ebert did that to ONE movie, quickly apologized and watched the whole thing, and didn't change his review at all.


And to your knowledge the poster has done it to one film.
 
2014-02-21 02:50:43 PM  

mjbok: Confabulat: mjbok: Confabulat: Por que tan serioso: I walked out after 15 minutes and demanded my money back.

Did you really? Because that would make you a pretty terrible movie viewer. I hope no one takes your opinions seriously on anything.

Hopefully you don't like Roger Ebert then.

Bullshiat. Ebert did that to ONE movie, quickly apologized and watched the whole thing, and didn't change his review at all.

And to your knowledge the poster has done it to one film.


Yes. Correct. An empty can rattles the loudest and all that. Imax 3-d was $19.75 a ticket. It was definitely cool visually but uggh. My friend who walked out with me and the ticket lady agreed. Not worth $20 bucks.
 
2014-02-21 03:11:49 PM  

OOBE Juan Kenobi: The Happening


hehe well in that case I'll offer Dreamcatcher. That's the only movie I nearly walked out of, ever, but then I started watching more closely and the madness that was unfolding onscreen just became better and better and at some point Morgan Freeman's eyebrows fell off a helicopter and the other Wahlberg turned into a retarded alien and I was so, so glad I stayed.
 
2014-02-21 03:13:52 PM  

Por que tan serioso: Imax 3-d was $19.75 a ticket. It was definitely cool visually but uggh. My friend who walked out with me and the ticket lady agreed. Not worth $20 bucks.


I'm curious. I avoided spoilers for Gravity but I was well aware of the concept of the film before I saw it. You willingly spent $20 to see it, surely you were aware of the content of the movie before you did that? What happened in those 15 minutes to surprise and upset you?

I'm curious. I'd like to know the thought processes behind such spectacularly bad decisions.
 
2014-02-21 03:25:32 PM  

Fano: browntimmy: yakmans_dad: Gravity was dull. Nebraska was muted and a little dull. American Hustle wasn't.  I don't mean glitz. American Hustle had the funniest "meet cute" scene in years -- the couple were swathed in dry cleaning. You can talk all you want about advancing technical limits, but technical hooha is nothing without imagination

American Hustle is an okay movie with a couple sorta funny scenes. I left the theater thinking I should have just waited to rent it. Other than acting it deserves no nominations or awards.

At the end, I realized that the movie was seriously asserting that the crooked politicians that took bribes were the good guys, just misunderstood and trying to help the little guy.


See, that's one of the things that convinced me this was one if the funniest films I've seen in ages. I knew almost nothing about it going in and laughed all the way through. It had dramatic moments, sure, but I didn't think that was the point. Boy, was I surprised when saw the love/hate reactions others had to it. It was just a heist movie with a little light hearted social commentary on the fallibility of "noble" institutions. Not high art, but not as bad as Grown Ups 2.
 
2014-02-21 04:10:35 PM  

mjbok: The fact that I kind of hoped that SB's character died showed the direction wasn't achieving its goals.


would have been a lot better ending if it did not show if she lived or died

just the craft entering atmosphere, the loss of signal, the fireball in the sky and her laughing as it fades to white

Confabulat: What happened in those 15 minutes to surprise and upset you?


probably george "clooney" spaceman

ThatBillmanGuy: Has a movie ever started off crappy, but gotten better after you stuck with it?


memento?
 
2014-02-21 04:14:36 PM  
I saw it in the theaters.

It was great.

I wish I had seen it in 3D.

I will not buy the Blu-Ray.

I've seen it one, and do not foresee the purpose of re-watching it.

But I still really liked it.
 
2014-02-21 04:34:25 PM  

sprawl15: probably george "clooney" spaceman


There are two things I really hate about Gravity: 1) Sandra Bullock's bullock history with the dead daughter. That whole backstory is turns into ham-fisted metaphor and the movie would have been better off without that bullshiat; and 2) George Clooney plays the worst astronaut in the history of NASA. Not only does he have zero knowledge of basic physics, he spends the opening of the movie doing absolutely nothing but wasting his fuel and bragging about how great he is. Hey George! It will be easier to transport you and Sandra if you hold each other closely! You'd think he'd have learned that the first time they flew around like pinballs, but no, George never figures that out.

He's like a mockery of some Top Gun type and I'm sort of baffled why they wrote him like that.
 
2014-02-21 04:38:14 PM  

Confabulat: sprawl15: probably george "clooney" spaceman

There are two things I really hate about Gravity: 1) Sandra Bullock's bullock history with the dead daughter. That whole backstory is turns into ham-fisted metaphor and the movie would have been better off without that bullshiat; and 2) George Clooney plays the worst astronaut in the history of NASA. Not only does he have zero knowledge of basic physics, he spends the opening of the movie doing absolutely nothing but wasting his fuel and bragging about how great he is. Hey George! It will be easier to transport you and Sandra if you hold each other closely! You'd think he'd have learned that the first time they flew around like pinballs, but no, George never figures that out.

He's like a mockery of some Top Gun type and I'm sort of baffled why they wrote him like that.


I found Sandra Bullock freaking out and flailing her arms while Shia lebeoufing to be far worse than George Clooney's astronaut. But maybe can compromise and agree they are both extremely bad astronauts.
 
2014-02-21 04:43:08 PM  

Confabulat: There are two things I really hate about Gravity:


you forgot the whole "gee i dont know how i got into space i am new here what is this" facade bullock pulled, but yes.

i mean i could biatch about the physics all day long (especially the clooney death scene) but in summary i really think the movie would have been much, much better without any talking
 
2014-02-21 04:47:36 PM  

Confabulat: sprawl15: probably george "clooney" spaceman

There are two things I really hate about Gravity: 1) Sandra Bullock's bullock history with the dead daughter. That whole backstory is turns into ham-fisted metaphor and the movie would have been better off without that bullshiat; and 2) George Clooney plays the worst astronaut in the history of NASA. Not only does he have zero knowledge of basic physics, he spends the opening of the movie doing absolutely nothing but wasting his fuel and bragging about how great he is. Hey George! It will be easier to transport you and Sandra if you hold each other closely! You'd think he'd have learned that the first time they flew around like pinballs, but no, George never figures that out.

He's like a mockery of some Top Gun type and I'm sort of baffled why they wrote him like that.


Until you're last sentence, I could have sworn you were under the impression that the actors create their parts and write their dialogue.
 
2014-02-21 04:50:15 PM  

yakmans_dad: Until you're last sentence, I could have sworn you were under the impression that the actors create their parts and write their dialogue.


he did not write the part but he also did not act it

vOv
 
2014-02-21 04:57:36 PM  

yakmans_dad: I could have sworn you were under the impression that the actors create their parts and write their dialogue.


Oh nah Clooney played the part of a dipshiat clueless arrogant asshole just fine.

I don't hold Batman Returns against him either.
 
2014-02-21 04:58:13 PM  

Confabulat: sprawl15: probably george "clooney" spaceman

There are two things I really hate about Gravity: 1) Sandra Bullock's bullock history with the dead daughter. That whole backstory is turns into ham-fisted metaphor and the movie would have been better off without that bullshiat; and 2) George Clooney plays the worst astronaut in the history of NASA. Not only does he have zero knowledge of basic physics, he spends the opening of the movie doing absolutely nothing but wasting his fuel and bragging about how great he is. Hey George! It will be easier to transport you and Sandra if you hold each other closely! You'd think he'd have learned that the first time they flew around like pinballs, but no, George never figures that out.

He's like a mockery of some Top Gun type and I'm sort of baffled why they wrote him like that.


I usually don't let a movie get me angry (I can suspend my belief most of the time), but I was really angry after the first 30 minutes of Gravity. Watching George Clooney zip around with no respect for how close he was getting to equipment ticked me off. His stories ticked me off - stay off the frequency unless you have something related to the mission - a quick joke here and there is fine, but he was being an idiot.

The fact that Bullock didn't want to stop working on her mission and Clooney had to go get her - but, they could have just said, "You ARE done." and started pulling her away because she was ON THE FREAKIN' ARM.

Somehow, I finished it, though. Probably because I like looking at Sandra Bullock.

I stopped watching The Wolf of Wall Street because it just got mired down and I didn't want to listen to ANY of the conversation with his idiot friends in the cafe.
 
2014-02-21 05:11:25 PM  
I actually think Europa Report was a superior film and no one ever talks about that one. But I did like Gravity overall, don't get me wrong. You kind of just have to think of it like Speed in space.
 
2014-02-21 07:45:48 PM  

Confabulat: You kind of just have to think of it like Speed in space.


But SB's character in Speed was likeable.
 
2014-02-21 09:46:43 PM  

Confabulat: I actually think Europa Report was a superior film and no one ever talks about that one. But I did like Gravity overall, don't get me wrong. You kind of just have to think of it like Speed in space.


Heh
 
2014-02-21 10:34:00 PM  
Will Gravity really have that much more pull at the Oscars?
 
2014-02-22 09:03:56 PM  
Argo was definitely NOT last year's best picture and Life of Pi definitely was. I think the only reason it didn't win was because of the extended use of computer generated animals.  Remember Andy Serkis as Gollum?  He deserved an award but because he played a computer generated character, the Academy blew him off.  Those old geezers need to get with the times
 
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