The thread for movies that aren't going to get their own thread but are still in theaters

I did a search for it but only saw the game threads. I'll have another look.

Much Ado About Nothing was recommended earlier. It's available on Amazon Instant Watch today ($4), and out on DVD next week.

It does Shakespeare well, though it does have a few moments of self-conscious artiness. But it worked for me. Enjoyed it very much. We also enjoyed the spot-the-Whedon-star aspect of it.

I think Josh Gad should get more work.

I'm interested.

Saw "12 Years a Slave" today. I thought I understood, as much as a white American can, why race-adjacent issues affected African Americans the way they did. I thought I understood how bad slavery was. I don't think I've been so shaken by a movie. It's surprising how it gets there too. I feel like it *does* deserve its own thread as people begin to see it.

Anybody manage to find a theater with Big Ass Spider playing?

Oh forgot to mention I saw Captain Phillips last week. Pretty good stuff.

I especially enjoyed the end


when they showed the captain in shock after his rescue. Too many action movies just go on with all the explosions and gunfire and never show the aftermath. The medic asking him about his wounds and him looking down and seeing blood on his arms and yelling "that's not mine!" as he breaks down... such a powerful scene.

Pretty well done movie overall. For a "based on a true story" and knowing the actual story and what was going to happen for the most part, I was still completely bought in on the movie and enjoyed it.

Probably should be in the loathe thread, but my wife and I missed Mother and George when it left theaters this morning. My World Lit professor is giving some extra credit for a couple of films that deal with the same post-colonial themes we are looking at in class, one of which was Mother of George. The other, Wadja, looks interesting, but when looking at the trailers, MoG looked fantastic.

It also features Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead. It may be in your hometown later, as it is in pretty limited release.

Saw Dallas Buyers Club tonight and was amazed at Matthew McConaughey's maturity into serious roles.

Fantastic movie.

I think he's got plenty of range. Ghosts of Mississippi and Contact show this. I liked him in Reign if Fire, too.

Mud (particularly) and The Lincoln Lawyer are both excellent too. Highly acclaimed and all. He's become something of a powerhouse in my eyes.

Last year he was amazing in Magic Mike. He's on a roll.

I saw this with the wife during the St. Louis Film Festival last weekend. It's a pretty good little mob thriller with Bryan Cranston as Polish bag man that is going blind.


Seems like the movie to see if you want to watch Shia LaBeuf getting the crap beat out of him over and over.

It makes me long for the second season of Hannibal. Maybe Shia can guest star there, too.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Seems like the movie to see if you want to watch Shia LaBeuf getting the crap beat out of him over and over.

Does he get beat up by Peter Dinklage because I would pay to see that?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Seems like the movie to see if you want to watch Shia LaBeuf getting the crap beat out of him over and over.

Does he get beat up by Peter Dinklage because I would pay to see that?

I would pay to see him get beaten up by anyone. Preferably the Transformer cartoons of my childhood.

It's his own fault for playing around with Hannibal's woman.

So I have been enjoying Leeds Film Festival and thought I would recommend some gems that I would never get to see on the big screen otherwise, or even hear of.

1st up - Ghost Graduation - The Breakfast Club meets 6th Sense is how it is described in the programme and that is a very good describation. Only without the boredom of Breakfast Club. Funny, light hearted and feel good.

The Retrieval - Civil War era drama about a uncle and nephew who help bounty hunters and set out for the big prize. It is all about the relationships between the characters, the decisions they have to make and also just be impressed by how well it is made for an indie flick.

The Battery - Another one that will make you think "they really made that for so little" a return to a proper serious zombie film. This is a road trip, buddy film, with a brilliant sound track and I think the director (also writer and actor) is going places.

We are the Best - A wonderful refreashing change from all those teenage films that are based around corrupt youth. This is about being a outsider, as three 13 year old girls in Sweden form a punk band, but instead of concentrating on the negitive, here we get a fun, funny look into that world. Because sometimes being an outsider is fun!

Although I have seen more that I could recommend, I also thought I would point out Antboy, although not the best film, it is a superhero flick that is suitable for all kids. No need to worry about that 12A rating, as someone bothers to make a PG superhero. Although it is Danish, so they will need to be able to read subtitles.

The St. Louis Film festival continues. Last night's film, The Last Sentence, was good, but we kind of left wondering what the point was. I'm sure Swedes are more familiar with Torgny Segerstedt's place in WWII history enough to appreciate a look at his private life. But it was actually a great story, with great black and white filmography, and some great performances.

But tonight we saw Michael Kohlhaas, and it was friction' great. It starred Mads Mikkelsen as a 16th century horse trader that was wronged by a local baron. It was a pretty intense story, and worth checking out if you get a chance. Below is a clip, but be careful looking at any official trailers, as they pretty much tell the entire story.

So, Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend) always seemed like director with flair in search of a script that wasn't sh*t, and this is it. He stages action scenes clearly and gives the sci-fi stuff that seemed so chintzy and cheap in the first movie socpe. Couple that with Jennifer Lawrence knocking it out of the park as usual, and some fairly subversive stuff about the role of entertainment in keeping the masses placated while the wealthy suck them dry, and you get a damn fine movie.

Yep. Loved it. Looking forward to part 3 (2 movies).

Stele wrote:

Yep. Loved it. Looking forward to part 3 (2 movies).

Well, it can't get any worse than the book, that's for sure.