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The Butcher
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:00 am  Reply with quote
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The new one, directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, and Matt Damon as the captain of Soth Africa's rugby team, and how together they took the World Cup back whatever year that happened.

Cool for them.

The film was terminally fucking boring though. I didn't feel connected to any of the "characters" (ironic, because they are based on actual people, right?) and I didn't invest at all emotionally in the "exciting" game sequences. I'm not familiar with rugby, and maybe that's part of the issue I have. Even though, for example, I'm not a baseball fan, I still can really enjopy a film about baseball. It's part of my lexicon just as someone who lives in the US, and grew up at least paying it in school.

But yeah. Oscar worthy? Meh.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:24 pm  Reply with quote



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Rugby confuses the shit out of me but I can't see Clint Eastwood not making a good movie. I want to see this and Sherlock Holmes pretty bad.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:58 pm  Reply with quote



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Actually, I find almost all Eastwood's directorial work dreadfully pedantic.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:40 pm  Reply with quote



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Legba wrote:
Actually, I find almost all Eastwood's directorial work dreadfully pedantic.


He's Clint Eastwood he can get away with it. Gran Turino is an excellent movie.
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dmihatmttl
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:27 pm  Reply with quote



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I love nearly everything I've seen of Eastwood's directorial work so far, but I think I'll pass on this one. It looks mind-numbingly boring, IMO.

Who knows. It's probably a good movie. The subject matter just doesn't interest me in the least.




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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:27 pm  Reply with quote



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I just love everything Clint has ever been involved with no matter what his relationship to the camera is. Forget Stallone and Ahnold, Eastwood is the original and ultimate badass even to this day.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:22 am  Reply with quote



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Legba wrote:
Actually, I find almost all Eastwood's directorial work dreadfully pedantic.


Gran Torino is brilliant!!!! Annoyed
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MethRattle
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:55 am  Reply with quote



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Legba wrote:
Actually, I find almost all Eastwood's directorial work dreadfully pedantic.


I find the incorrect use of the word" pedantic" to be quite ostentatious.
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The Butcher
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:55 pm  Reply with quote
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MethRattle wrote:
Legba wrote:
Actually, I find almost all Eastwood's directorial work dreadfully pedantic.


I find the incorrect use of the word" pedantic" to be quite ostentatious.


Ditto on the word "brilliant".

If GRAN TORINO (really a schmaltzy feel-kinda-good-movie which adheres to the racial stereotypes it claims to admonish) is brilliant, then what is something like CITIZEN KANE? Godhead?
I enjoyed GRAN TORINO, but calling it brilliant is an overstatement. It's a revenge flick with a name and a budget, and an anti-climactic ending.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:22 pm  Reply with quote



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I wouldn't call it brilliant but it's pretty great? I enjoyed the hell out of it as I do all of Eastwood's work. What I didn't realize was that my ex watched this movie with my sons and when I was in the video store with them my 6 year old picked it up and told me it was one of his favorite movies. I found that amusing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:15 am  Reply with quote



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I don't know, I liked it.

Is it perfect? No, but it had some interesting moments.

And come on, we all know come Oscar time the Academy will be creaming for Eastwood and co.

I'd be surprised if they didn't nominate this for anything.

As for Grand Torino, it's a very good movie, but brilliant? Nah.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 7:05 pm  Reply with quote



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I definitely don't see Best Picture nomination quality in this movie but now that there's 10 anything halfway decent will get one. It's a good movie but I wish Clint would have focused more on the rugby and made it a sports movie. A sports team giving hope and uniting a country is a good story but all I got out of it really was that you can pass sideways and backwards. Other than that I have absolutely no idea what they're doing on the field. Seems like organized chaos to me.
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