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I rarely get to movie theaters since I set up home theater. But now I can have a nice glass of wine or something to eat and the movie waits for me to take a whiz. Plus there is no one talking or clearing thier throat, no big heads in front etc.

So, for those interested in DVD movies I thought I would set up a thread for movies....starting off:

Three differrent yet very similar movies that were all up for Academy Awards as Best Picture. It almost seemed like last year was the year of the in depth, thoughful but dramatic examination of  Racial, Sexual and Religious conflicts and persecutions.
CRASH - Which is set in LA and examines the intertwined lives of people dealing with racially charged issues, won Best Picture. I was actually shocked it beat Brokeback Mountain, the front runner which was the only one I had seen, until I saw Crash. This is an excellent movie and decin=ding between the three here is alomst impossible so see all three.

Brokeback Mountain - Explores the complex relationship through the lives of two cowboys who discover each other and the fall for each other. It follows thier lives and how they deal with each other and society which has no structure for them other than rejection.

Munich - Speilberg continues to amaze me at how he can humanize and dramatize complex issues and experiences. If you saw Private Ryan, Empire of the Sun and others he has made, this movie is on the same par. It is the story of the Munich Olympics massacre of the Israeli team and more importantly what followed to hunt down the perpetrators. It explores the complexities in the people on both sides in a way that only Spielberg seems to be able to do.

These three movies break the mold of cardboard two dimensional characters so common in TV and screen movies. They will leave you thinking and feeling. They all bring you back to your humanity and the universiality of that humanity.

In a world of sound bites and talking heads, they stand out.

So....I open it to the floor.....


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I also enjoyed "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain."  Both were very well done.  I probably enjoyed "Crash" a bit more b/c I didn't know the story line before the movie (had read "Brokeback Mountain" and heard so much about it in the news before seeing it).  Despite everyone raving about Heath Ledger's performance, I preferred Jake Gyllenhall's acting. 

One of the most recent movies that Lou and I enjoyed was "Gloomy Sunday" which is a foreign film from Hungary.  Set in pre-WWII Hungary and and based on a true story, the movie was beautiful in every way. 

Another movie we enjoyed, "Whale Rider," was set in New Zealand and was about a young girl poised to lead her people following her father's death. 

Yet another film we had fun watching was "Kinky Boots" which was set in England.  Similar in theme to "The Bird Cage," "Calendar Girls," and "The Full Monty," it was a humorous yet  poignant look at  how  lives can change.  "Kinky Boots" was also based on a true story. 

We watched "Syriana" over the weekend and found it interesting considering what is going on in the world today with our dependence on oil.  The acting was good and the story showed how complicated the production/sale of that precious commodity really is. 

Other well-done movies were "Ray" and "Walk the Line."  My favorite annual Christmas movie is "A Christmas Story" which is about Ralphie and his desire for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.  My cousin recently recommended the oldie "Christmas in Connecticut" which is really pretty hokey, but I live in Connecticut and  loved looking at the Connecticut countryside.  I want to live in that farmhouse. 

Since I rarely go out to the movies most of the ones I watch aren't the newest ones.  That doesn't bother me but might not be for everyone.  I also like a lot of foreign films and films that don't necessarily have happy endings.  I don't need everyone smiling at the end of a film. 

We get our movies from our public library which is excellent.  Every month they post all their new acquisitions on line and I reserve them.  Otherwise, I just browse the shelves.  We're allowed to keep the movies for a week and can renew for a second week if no one's reserved them. 




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Andrea,
I agree on Whale Rider...one of the few that I have seen in a theater. It gives an excellent insight into the Maori/Kiwi cultural conflict. I spent a lot of time in NZ so i appreciated it. I have Syriana and plan to see it soon. Thanks for the other recs.
Some other foreign films:
1) Amalie - Best French film ever INHO- excellent up lifting movie - great insight into how the French see themselves.
2) The Dinner Game - Fast moving VERY funny comedy, originally a stage play, character acting is fantastic.
3) Ma Vie en Rose - There have only been three movies I have ever seen that for me captured the essence of childhood and how we see the world. This is the only one for a prepubescent child. Stand By Me and Empire of the Sun fit the bill for pubescent coming of age male. Ma Vie won Best at Cannes if I recall right.
4) War & Peace - the Russian Version, about 12 hours long but interesting treatment in terms of acting and directing.

I get all mine from Netflix where I keep em rolling and ripping through, then watch at my convenience so your suggestions and others will help me fill my queue.



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Barry, you might also think about "Rabbit Fence" which is based on a true story.  It's an Australian film about making young aborigine children fit into white Australian society.

Thx for your recommendations - I'm going to look into them. 


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Rabbit Proof Fence was just in release when last I was in Australia so I saw a lot about the making of it at that time....finally saw the movie on DVD a few months back.
I added some of your suggestions to my queue. They all had high star ratings....
There was one 2-3 years back that was a very fun but light comedy that was Indian cross cultured....I thought it was quite funny. "Guru of Love" This inot a 5 star but a very fun light 3 Star. I watched it on my computer on the way to Paris with headphones on and must have annoyed everyone laughing so hard.....it is cute, fun, light.
Others I left out figuring everyone had seen them:
Life is Beautiful
Beautiful mind
Both excellent.....




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Last year I gave DVDs out as presents that I bought at Duane Reede for $1 each.


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Man, thats cheaper than renting and ripping!

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Man, thats cheaper than renting and ripping!

I knew someone would say that. 

 

Of course they weren't the only presents I gave.

I'd rather give someone five things instead of just one.

 

People (especially children) won't remember years from now they got a particular item for Christmas. But they are more likely to remember opening alot of gifts.

 

And I never believed in the concept of "God children only".

I have 12 nieces and nephews.

I'm not going to limit shopping for just 2 of them.


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I have 13 nieces and nephews as well and in 1980 I was totally into New Wave so I wanted to turn them on to music they could not hear outside of LA, London and NYC. I bought a bunch of records but realised that each would only see a small piece of the pie. So, I sat down with a buddy who loved to mix records adn we made a master tape and from it cut 13 copies with the best of all the records. They LOVED it.

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I usually start Christmas shopping in August.

Buy the wrapping paper, ribbons ect after Christmas.

Buy little odds and ends during the year.

And finish shopping in early December.


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Has anyone seen The Machinist with Christian Bale???  My son wants me to get it for him as a stocking stuffer.

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Barry, I really liked "Ma Vie en Rose" which I saw several years ago...very sad but very beautiful.  I also liked "Empire of the Sun" which was spectacular.  Both very different films but both were excellent. 

I also like Pedro Almodovar's films and look forward to seeing "Volver" when it's released. 


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Andrea,
I am glad you liked those as it coorelates our taste. I was going to add in Almodovar films as well. Another "trigger" for me is if a film includes Gael Garcia Bernal. He like Johnny Depp and a few otehr actors, tend to take roles in movies that are really good.
Then there is the Chocolate series. Like the candy, there seems to be a lot of great movies named after it. Chocolat was a wonderful fun warm movie JD at his best. Like Water for Chocolate was also a great movie. Any movie search with the word chocolate yield a result statistically high in quality.
Another great one, especially for Home Theater in HD is Winged Migration.


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Barry, I've seen Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and BAD EDUCATION with Bernal.  Terrific movies.  I actually have MOTORCYCLE DIARIES here right now but think it's due in a few days.  It's another movie I've checked out several times but haven't managed to watch yet. 

Granny, I've heard great things about DREAMGIRLS especially about Eddie Murphy's performance.  Speaking of dreamgirls, Diana Ross lives here in town and I've seen her at the library a few times.  She is absolutely gorgeous even in jeans and no makeup. 


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Barry... also like the movie Chocolat..... but one that I would not recommend in the Da Vinci Code.... I loved the book....  forgetting about the controversy... it was just a fun read.... and a book that once you get started you do not want to put down.  Purchased the DVD and was really disappointed... actually fell asleep.

 

 


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