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Monday, January 29, 2007

Seen any good movies lately?

I just saw "The Departed" on DVD. The official DVD release Date isn't until February 13th, but since I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild (A.K.A. "SAG") I get to vote on the SAG awards...consequently, at this time of year I get a number of free movie passes for "my consideration", and (this year) an early copy of a DVD.

I've written about this before; last year I got a free DVD of the movie "Crash", which did go on to be an award winner, after they sent out 130,000 free copies of the DVD.

I haven't bothered to even attend a casting call since '97, and don't typically go to all that many movies for that matter, so I do not really feel qualified to vote.

The production companies don't know that, however, so they send me the "freebies" too.

Last year when I received a free DVD in the mail, that movie was no longer in the theaters; this time, since the film in question is still in theatres, maybe they're hoping it'll give them an "edge".

I'll have to admit, even though I could've attended a screening of "The Devil Wears Prada" in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago (my choice) last week, I did not.

Nor have I availed myself of any of the other free passes I've gotten this year, so maybe the producers of "The Departed" are onto something.

Now that I have viewed "The Departed", I found it to be a good movie, on a number of levels. It was one of the films currently showing that I had considered seeing, anyway. Lots of "big name" performers are in it, something one might expect with a Scorsese flick, along with the obligatory violence and strong language.

If that stuff doesn't bother you, check it out...


Blogger darth_meister said...

How did you become a member of SAG?

I did see a very good movie, the original "The Incredible Shrinking Man."

Other than some cheesy "back screen" effects (the other effects like the super-lifesize props were actually pretty good), I thought the movie was very well done. The running commentary was excellent and despite the mind-boggling tribulations which awaited the poor guy the message was very uplifting. And it mentions God several times which wasn't unusual in movies of that era.

Too bad the production values and scripting of some movies today can't rise to the level of this movie classic. The last time I saw it was about twenty-five years ago and I enjoyed it more this time around!

January 29, 2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

Never mind, camo, I just clicked your link. Sorry for my laziness. Hey, you would have been a great extra in those zombie Day-of-the-Living-Dead films, bike and all!

January 29, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

"Sunset Boulevard" for about the fourth time, and "Cold Mountain" for the third time. I haven't been to, or rented, a movie in many months, so any of the new films aren't familiar to me.

Speaking of the SAG, I understand that their awards were handed out last night. Gotta love these Follywood kooks, patting themselves on the back and handing each other awards on a WEEKLY basis.

January 29, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

If camo likes it, I probably will to! Thanks for the recommendation.
Last theater movie was "Happy Feet" (grandkids) but it was delightful. Me and the Mrs. see maybe 3-4 movies in the theater each year (this puts us slightly above the national average I believe) waiting mostly for stuff to show up on HBO since we pay so danged much for cable (well, as of last week FIOS) that we wring all the entertainment we can from that.

January 29, 2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I haven't been to the theater in awhile. I watched "Superman Returns" earlier in the week, and "Miami Vice" this weekend on DVD. Also watched a couple of oldies... "Hamburger Hill" last weekend, and "The Saint" this past weekend. I've got "Scoop" and "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest" on tap for the next couple of days.

For Christmas I got a bunch of Laurel & Hardy movies (by special request of course). Last year I got the Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection... I just love the "classics".

(:D) Best regards...

January 29, 2007 6:13 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Hawkeye, those old Harold Lloyd films were wonderful, and his stunt work was utterly amazing!


January 29, 2007 8:09 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

'da Bunny,
Yeah, he did all his own stunts. In fact, that cost him the loss of a couple of fingers (which he disguised well with the use of gloves and prosthetics).

January 29, 2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Hawkeye, I know, and yet, he continued with the daring stunt work, minus the fingers! I haven't seen those old films in years, but they certainly left a wonderful impression on me.

January 29, 2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I became a member of SAG by first joining AFTRA, and then working in enough movies to be "SAG eligible".

'da Bunny:
So far I haven't received any free DVD copies of "Sunset Boulevard" or "Cold Mountain"...but I'll be on the lookout for them on cable TV.

I just got another free DVD for the movie "Venus" with Peter O'Toole; feel free to borrow them sometime.

I saw the latest "Superman" movie. It was one of the few I went to see in the theater last year. As for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel, I went to see that one too, against my better judgment.

'da Bunny: and Hawkeye®:
Another guy who does his own stunts is Jackie Chan.

He has also been permanently damaged by so doing...

January 30, 2007 1:27 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

I'll have to take you up on that offer, I guess when you get back from a month in Hawaii

January 30, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I'll probably watch "Venus" tomorrow night; stop on by.

Oh, and: ELEVENTEEN!!!

January 30, 2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger benning said...

Having just sat through the DVD of "Gangs of New York" I think I'll pass on another Scorcese flick. At least until I can't smell the coppery fragrance of blood.

January 31, 2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Just keep telling yourself "it's only a movie, it's only a movie..."
(I know what you mean)

January 31, 2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

I just saw one on IFC the other day called "Nine Queens." I think it was shot in Argentina, with sub-titles (not usually my choice). Anyway, it's about a couple of con men who partner up for one day for a major sting. Lots of twists and turns, and the actors were great. I'll probably try to catch it again, now I know the ending. Good flick.

Also looking forward to Oscar month on TCM. Wish I had TiVo.

February 02, 2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Drive by posting. I liked The Guardian.

February 03, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I got another one in the mail the day before I left..."Little Miss Sunshine".
(I brought it with me)

All of your posts, "drive by" or otherwise, are always welcome...

February 04, 2007 3:03 AM  
Blogger onlineanalyst said...

I liked The Pursuit of Happyness (misspelling deliberate and part of the plot). Based on a true story, it's filled with one disaster after another. Yet the main character emerges a more terrific character for his tenacity. It's a real upper of a film, quite satisfying.

I have yet to know anyone who has seen Inside Man, filled with twists and turns of plotting. It grabs you from the beginning, but I'm not sure about the resolution. A number of us were puzzling out the ending as we emerged from the theater.

Holy smokes! This word verification thingy keeps giving me impossible Hawaiian words to type in.

February 06, 2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I saw "Ghost Rider" last week; I enjoyed it immensely...great special FX.

February 27, 2007 10:53 PM  

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