Krystal
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February 19th, 2014, 3:33 pm #441

I'll rent it...

We rented Runner Runner, with Afleck and Timberlake. It was OK. Not amazing...
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Marg
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February 19th, 2014, 8:03 pm #442

I'm interested in seeing The Monuments Men.
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March 4th, 2014, 4:43 am #443

Nebraska. Just terrific.
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March 7th, 2014, 9:18 pm #444

We rented quite a few as there was no TV for awhile. Escape Plan, with Sly and Arnold, don't gag, it wasn't so bad, for what it was. Carrie, very much like the original. Good cast. Closed Circuit, sort of a spy thriller meets POI, decent.

Nebraska was great. A lot to think about, aging parents, family relationships (dysfunctional), the demise of small town USA. Very thought provoking without being too maudlin.

No Slave for me...
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March 9th, 2014, 8:11 pm #445

I'd be interested in seeing Escape Plan (I like escape-from-prison stories).
I want to see the Carrie remake, for sure (just re-watched the DePalma recently, with friends...).
I'm sure I'll love Nebraska.

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Oscars last week -

7 for Gravity, including Director.
3 for 12 Years a Slave, including Picture.
3 for Dallas Buyers Club.
1 for Her.
Nothing for the other five Picture nominees... I had thought American Hustle would get something...

2 for The Great Gatsby.
2 for Frozen. (Hey, I've seen these two...)

I got 18 out of 24 on the party's ballot. The winner just missed TWO, and one lady just missed three. I used to do REALLY well on these, but that was also during the time when I'd see all the movies before the show. Once, I got either a perfect score (or missed one, I'm not sure which) and won a newspaper contest... won free movie tickets for a year, a cool leather jacket, a meal somewhere, I think... big prize package.

Ellen was funny. Maybe 12 and a half minutes on the pizza bit was too much, but it was funny - Crystal loved Big Mama's and Papa's Pizza (I liked it, too, but she particularly loved that place over others we'd get) and the one we'd go to isn't there any more (don't know if there are any still in town or not - haven't looked yet), closed sometime last year while I wasn't passing it every week on my way to the wax museum for work... staff inside was always super-friendly - and foreign - so I wonder if the co-owner/delivery guy Ellen brought out WAS one of the guys I 'knew' from here (it's a chain, but a small one...).

Wow, Kim Novak looks terrible.
Sidney Poitier looks better, but... you know. Getting up there.

The heroes montages were okay.

I liked all the songs... 'Happy' is pretty infectious (was at a school this week that plays it with morning announcements...)... I like the Karen O. song - I know I'm gonna love the movie... always love U2 (new album being pushed to '15 - darn...)... Travolta's massacre of introducing Idina Menzel brought about the best jokes in the last week... Pink was great on 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'... Bette Midler doing 'Wind Beneath My Wings' fine, but an odd choice to have it be AFTER the 'Dead Show', instead of during (Dennis Farina was the most egregious omission, I think...). Glad Bill Murray gave Harold Ramis a cool shout-out.

Don't know which winners I'll agree or disagree with until I see the movies, but I'm a happy big fan for Spike Jonze, winning for his Her screenplay. Acceptance speeches by Leto, Nyong'o, and McConaughey were fun/gracious/cool... can't remember much about Cate Blanchett's now, a week away from it...

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The TCM documentary '... And the Oscar Goes To...' was really fun.

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March 10th, 2014, 7:29 pm #446

This past week saw two movies: 'The Late Quartet' with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christoper Walken. This one I really enjoyed and it certainly was a different film for Hoffma and Walken. I realize this film would not be popular with those who don't like classical music.

Also, finally saw 'Django Unchained'. A typical Tarantino film -- lots of blood and guts. I think Samuel L. Jackson did an excellent job with his role, though.

My expectations for the Academy Awards show are always low, however, I think Ellen did a reasonably good job this year. Some of the jokes were not all that funny, IMO, but I realize she needed to play to the Hollywood crowd.

Unfortunately, there were not any surprises for the any of the awards. According to critics the only glaring one was in Documentary Feature with' 20 Feet From Stardom' winning, when it should have been 'The Act of Killing' -- a much more informative film.

I really was shocked by Kim Novak's appearance.

Most of the speeches were good. I didn't particularly like McConaughey's acceptance speech -- it was all about him!!

I have seen some of the movies, but still want to see 'Dallas Buyers Club', 'Jasmine' and 'Nebraska'.
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Krystal
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March 10th, 2014, 8:18 pm #447

Kim Novak looked horrible, what a shame. She looked like her face was mutilated. WHY do women do this? One surgery maybe, a a little something, but that was sad.
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March 13th, 2014, 4:48 am #448

Dallas buyers club really was outstanding.
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March 18th, 2014, 8:43 pm #449

We rented a film called "Cold Comes the Night", with Cranston. It was oK but really not great. He is a Russian transporter, an evil character, but they don't flush the character out much. OK, not great.
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March 20th, 2014, 12:23 am #450

American Hustle, Ok, but very long and really don't get his as an Oscar contender. Kind of fun, but forgettable. Jennifer Lawrence miscast, she was too young for the role. Really didn't capture the era that well in my opinion either.

Other than DBC, I have not been impressed with the nominated movies I have seen so far. Nebraska was way better.
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