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Old 02-18-2007, 02:40 AM   #601
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I'm thinking of renting Hard Candy ... is it any good?

I thought it was quite good, yes. Ellen Page is an actress to watch, in my opinion. It won't be long until she's picking up Oscar nominations if she picks the right roles.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:08 AM   #602
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Casino Royale - We were bored, and for some reason it was still playing. It was awesome - I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, given that I think of Bond as "suave" and "elegant", and Daniel Craig didn't particularly look the part.

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Old 02-20-2007, 03:26 PM   #603
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Munich - Has some very good, very tense moments and overall the acting is solid, but I just found the last half boring, and the last 1/2 or so was just a little too bang-you-over-the-head obvious with imagery. Speilberg is just too neat and clean sometimes, and i think it often hurts the movie. In the end I found this to be a very, very average movie.

3 of 5 stars, thoroughly average, slight thumbs up.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:33 PM   #604
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It has been so long since I've seen a movie, I didn't realize until I saw a commercial last night that there had been a Jurassic Park III.

Speaking of movies that came out a while ago that I haven't seen, what's the general consensus on Elizabethtown? I assume it's the typical chick flick, but I hope it's at least entertaining. I'll be seeing it soon since we just found out that most of it was filmed not in Elizabethtown, but where we live in Versailles. That will make it mildly interesting in and of itself, but I hope the movie is decent.

Same with Dreamer, which was filmed all around Lexington. That was a decent movie as well as interesting from a "spot the location" perspective.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:37 PM   #605
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Speaking of movies that came out a while ago that I haven't seen, what's the general consensus on Elizabethtown?

I haven't seen it myself, but the fact that it's a Cameron Crowe film would make me inclined to give it a shot. He literally hasn't directed a bad film: Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky. That's his complete list of directed films prior to Elizabethtown, and none of those would sit on a list of movies people regretted watching.
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Old 02-20-2007, 04:29 PM   #606
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The Departed 7/10 I think this movie suffers from Philadelphia/Thin Red Line/ Lost in Traslation syndrome. The critics all gushed over it and everyone told me how good it was going to be and I kept waiting for the moment where I said "Yeah, I can see why this is the runaway favorite for best picture." Had I known nothing about it going in I think I would really enjoyed it more, but I kept waiting for something to really move me or wow me. I am sure there are plenty of movies that don't come near this that I might even rate higher but I remember at the end kind of feeling let down.

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Old 02-20-2007, 05:02 PM   #607
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Speaking of movies that came out a while ago that I haven't seen, what's the general consensus on Elizabethtown? I assume it's the typical chick flick, but I hope it's at least entertaining. I'll be seeing it soon since we just found out that most of it was filmed not in Elizabethtown, but where we live in Versailles. That will make it mildly interesting in and of itself, but I hope the movie is decent.

It was unbelievably boring. Even the music was pretty blah. I went in with high hopes, but alas, it was for not.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:41 PM   #608
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I went in with high hopes, but alas, it was for not.

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Old 02-20-2007, 08:49 PM   #609
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naugh, its all good shorty. Damn, I almost forgot our little shorty turns 21 in two weeks. we'll have to organize some kind of board drinking party.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - (4.6/10) I recognized Shia LeBouf, Rosario Dawson, Robert Downy, Channing Tatum, and Danny Aiello. I also recognized it really didn't add anything to the street hoodlum who wants to get out of New York genre. It was like a homeless man's Sleepers.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:20 PM   #610
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Went to see "Because I Said So" with the wife...chick flick...nuff said.
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:17 PM   #611
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Went to see "Because I Said So" with the wife...chick flick...nuff said.

Not only the name of the movie, but the reason you went.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:00 PM   #612
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Not only the name of the movie, but the reason you went.

*ding* *ding* *ding*

Actually, she wanted to see the one with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore -- can't think of the name off the top of my head -- but it was sold out.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:08 PM   #613
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The Barrymore one is Lyric and Song or something like that.

I don't have any clue who is in "Because I Said So".
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:11 PM   #614
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Dianne Keaton...

The lady who plays the mom in the "Gilmore Girls" and...

...okay, that's all I know.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:14 PM   #615
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Oh, wait, I think I'm remembering some of those commericals. Is that another evil mother-in-law chick flick?
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:16 PM   #616
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No...more like mom trying to find life partner for youngest daughter who can't seem to find Mr. Right.

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Old 02-20-2007, 11:22 PM   #617
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Oh God... that sounds so much worse [/scared]
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:23 PM   #618
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:00 AM   #619
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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3 of 5 stars, thumbs up

Very entertaining movie, definitely something i'd rank in the "pleasant surprise" category. Will Farrell was pretty solid in a mostly serious role. There is definite hope for him having a crossover career in the style of Jim Carrey. He'll still be a predominantly comedic actor, but he can play serious believably.

I was mostly happy to see that the Queen Latifah character was pretty understated and not as big a part as the original trailer had led me to believe. I'm was also happy that the Maggie Gyllenhaal character was believeable enough, and again not as over-the-top as the original trailer had led me to believe.

I enjoyed the script, and thought it made for a pretty unique film. I'll definitely at least look into what the next writer's project is. Zach Helm is the writer I speak of... it was his first movie.

Overall I was pretty surprised at the relative degree of sublety in the movie... the trailer had led me to believe otherwise months back.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:39 AM   #620
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420223/

3 of 5 stars, thumbs up

Very entertaining movie, definitely something i'd rank in the "pleasant surprise" category. Will Farrell was pretty solid in a mostly serious role. There is definite hope for him having a crossover career in the style of Jim Carrey. He'll still be a predominantly comedic actor, but he can play serious believably.

I was mostly happy to see that the Queen Latifah character was pretty understated and not as big a part as the original trailer had led me to believe. I'm was also happy that the Maggie Gyllenhaal character was believeable enough, and again not as over-the-top as the original trailer had led me to believe.

I enjoyed the script, and thought it made for a pretty unique film. I'll definitely at least look into what the next writer's project is. Zach Helm is the writer I speak of... it was his first movie.

Overall I was pretty surprised at the relative degree of sublety in the movie... the trailer had led me to believe otherwise months back.

I just saw this one recently and agree with everything you have said. I normally hate WIll Farrell and have not been overly impressed with Maggie Gyllenhaal, but they were both very good in this movie.

Silent Hill - 3.5/10 I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, but I occasionally like the try them out and be scared for a couple of hours. The first two thirds of this movie was fairly decent and creepy, but like most movies of this type, the revelation of the mythos behind all of the creepy was a big letdown. Also the IMDB FAQ on this movie was almost as long as the script which means the director couldn't have done a very good job of telling the story.

Bridge to Terabithia - 7.5/10 This movie is not at all like it appears in the previews. It is not a fantasy movie, and it is not a new Narnia-type movie. This is a coming of age movie which highlights the power of imagination and friendship. I was pleasently surprised by this movie. It evoked a lot of different emotions and was generally well done. AnnaSophia Robb is going to need to find some time for acting lessons as she grows up, but she does do cute very well.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:56 AM   #621
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I'm a big fan of the D, and this movie made me sad. Jack Black can be very funny, but it didn't really shine through here. The music wasn't even that great, other than Heavy Metal over the end credits.
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:01 AM   #622
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The Departed - 5/5.

This movie is right up my alley - multiple interesting characters, great character development, well-paced story line. Authentic feel. Best movie I have seen in a while.
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:21 AM   #623
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The Departed - 5/5

Preach on. I am gay for this movie. I can't even remember the last time I've told so many people to see a movie. But i've been trying really hard to do so in a subtle way so as to not set up the sky-high expectations people get when you truly rave about something. All returns from those who've taken my advice have been "Holy shit! what a movie!"

It's a masterpiece. When I walked out of the theater I said "THAT is why I go to the movies."
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:34 AM   #624
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School For Scoundrels---6/10
Little Miss Sunshin----7/10
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The number 23 ---- 5/10
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:24 AM   #625
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Zodiac - 8/10: Definately not your normal serial killer movie; if you know the real life story, you know what I'm talking about. But a wonderfully acted and plotted movie nonetheless. It really isn't a movie about a serial killer, but more of the obsession that the characters have in trying to solve the mystery and the downward spiral that occurs as a result (especially with Greysmith).

Also amazingly casted. Even some of the most minor parts are played by a fairly well known actor/actress. It was incredibly how they could get such talent for so little parts.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:32 AM   #626
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Babel. Eh, I'll say 7/10. It didn't "wow" me. I was expecting much more I think. Felt long, and that's not usually good in a movie. Wasn't bad, but I was disappointed.
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:38 PM   #627
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Reno 911- 5/10

I'm a big fan of the TV show, but an hour and a half was just too much. I think I'll just stick to the 30 minute episodes on comedy central.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:03 PM   #628
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Flyboys (6.5/10) Okay, I'm a huge WW1 airplane fan, and did not see this in theatre after reading the absolutely dreadful reviews it got. Saw it on DVD with very low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. Not a bad movie at all. Not great by any means, but the critics were unfairly harsh with it. Certainly worth watching, and I personally bought it.

Idiocracy (5/10) Good, fun background movie when you are sitting around drinking with friends. Several funny scenes, and an amusing (and somewhat terrifying) storyline.

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Old 03-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #629
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Yamato (6.5/10) Nicely done movie. The special effects have been seen better, but the story is very good.

Flags of our Fathers (6/10) Ok movie, but a little long.

Letters from Iwo Jima (8/10) Very good movie. More action than in Flags. There has been a lot of war movies with an american point of view, so it is nice to se the other side of it.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:22 PM   #630
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The Departed 7/10 - Maybe scored alittle low because of the hype. I thought it was a good movie, but not nearly as good as the hype and praise for it has been. Glad to see Scorsese win an Oscar, though.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:35 PM   #631
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American Dreamz (2/10) Just not that funny to me, and i tend to really enjoy hugh grant and mandy moore. It had potential, but the constant bush jokes and gay jokes just ruined it for me. It simply wasnt funny.

Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights (5/10) I love ferrell, in supporting roles. When hes a leading actor i tend to be dissapointed. Most of the movie was pretty boring to me, and the only scene salvaging this score was in the hospital. Other then that, yawn.
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Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights (5/10) I love ferrell, in supporting roles. When hes a leading actor i tend to be dissapointed. Most of the movie was pretty boring to me, and the only scene salvaging this score was in the hospital. Other then that, yawn.
Oh come on...the dinner table scene was just fantastic!
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Oh come on...the dinner table scene was just fantastic!

Not to me, just more of his stupid humor(like kicking and screaming)...some of my friends loved it though, but hes just not my cup of tea
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Not to me, just more of his stupid humor(like kicking and screaming)...some of my friends loved it though, but hes just not my cup of tea

I thought Stranger Than Fiction was good. No kicking and screaming.
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Havent seen stranger then fiction, so i dont know about that...i love him when hes there for comic relief, not the starring role. Thats just my general feeling about his acting and sense of humor.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:23 PM   #637
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Saw Music and Lyrics. For a chick flick, it wasn't bad. That's a lot coming from me -- since I usually can't take more than 5 minutes of Hugh Grant in a single viewing.

I do plan on seeing The 300 in the theater with my oldest son.
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The Abandonded----8/10
The number 23 ---- 5/10
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Wow, two days? Even if you timed that perfectly we're talking a 8-10 hour commitment each day.

looking at those titles id guess closer to 6 hours each day
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Stranger Than Fiction - 7.3/10 - Enjoyed it a bit more than I thought I would. Ferrell was able to carry the heavier scenes solidly, and Maggie G was absolutely lovely, made me forget all about the Sherrybaby debacle (now only if she could get nude in a good movie... and no, Secretary is not a good movie).

Little Miss Sunshine - 4.6/10 - Boring. What was so different about this movie that was unlike all the other quirky family indie type movies?

This Movie is Not Yet Rated - 3.2/10 - It was nice to see the MPAA get called out, but I guess I'm just not a documentary type person.

The Heart of the Game - 4.7/10 - An OK movie. Took dedication to follow the girls team around for 6 years.

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny - 6.5/10 - It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was harmless and moderately amusing. If you can handle Jack Black, you'll enjoy the movie.

The Holiday - 2.3/10 - Damn, Cameron Diaz looks busted. Kate Winslet is gorgeous as always. Jack Black was good in his limited role, it would be interesting to see what he could do in a movie like this in an expanded role. Otherwise forgettable movie.
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Strange Days - 8.5/10
No idea how I'd never heard of this film before. Good idea, decent if stereotypical characters, and a good if predictable climax.

Pan's Labyrinth - 10/10
Said a bit about it in the Pan's Labyrinth thread, and this instantly becomes a favourite movie of mine. Walked in to the cinema with no expectations, and was absolutely blown away. Watch it if you haven't already.

Zatoichi - 8/10
The latest one from a few years ago. Very fun movie. Lots of folks weren't happy with Beat Takeshi playing Zatoichi, but I thought he did a great job, and the support characters were all pretty solid, especially Tadanobu Asano as Hattori Genosuke.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky - 6.5/10
Pretty uneven effort compared with other Studio Ghibli classics IMO. Had some really great things about it, but also dragged in places. Scores lower than it probably deserves because of how much I've enjoyed the other Ghibli releases like Mononoke/Pom Poko/Totoro/et al.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:08 AM   #642
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Inside Man (2006)
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3 of 5 stars, thumbs up

Probably the best Spike Lee film I've seen, and a thoroughly non-Spike Lee movie on it's own. I think it's best that he decided to leave his unique/bizzare sense of social commentary aside for a film.

Clive Owen continues to impress me and turns in another solid performance. Jodie Foster is good, Denzel Washington continues to be OK at playing the same character over and over again.

Nice, solid but unspectacular drama/thriller.

edit: and Chiwetel Ejiofor needs to be in more movies. The guy has been perfect in everything I've seen him in.

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Yamato is about the a group of friends who are crew aboard the Battleship Yamato in WWII. The Yamato was the biggest battleship ever built and the pride of the Japanes navy.

In the movie we follow the persons as they leave their families to go to war. The bond between the main characters is shown and we get to see that they are just normal people like everybody else.

Also, the movie follows a descendant of one of the main characters as she tries to get to the place where the Yamato was sunk on the 50th anniversary of its loss.

By coincidence she meets one of the main characters, who agrees to sail her to the place.

Maybe I should notch the rating up by a point to 7.5/10.

Its worth watching.

I hope this makes sense.

English is not my first language and I am pretty tired right now
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:33 PM   #644
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The Departed 7/10 - Maybe scored alittle low because of the hype. I thought it was a good movie, but not nearly as good as the hype and praise for it has been. Glad to see Scorsese win an Oscar, though.

I had wanted to see this movie for quite a while but was afraid of being disappointed by it. After finally watching it today I can happily say that I wasn't the least bit disappointed. Fantastic movie. This was one of the few times I didn't see absolutely everything coming before it happened. About all I would recommend is for people to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Old 03-06-2007, 03:35 PM   #645
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Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights (5/10) I love ferrell, in supporting roles. When hes a leading actor i tend to be dissapointed. Most of the movie was pretty boring to me, and the only scene salvaging this score was in the hospital. Other then that, yawn.

We saw this movie last weekend. It was OK. Ferrell is the Cheap Trick of comedy actors - hasn't lived up to his potential and it's hard to understand how comedy gold and comedy crap/filler can be so seemlessly interwoven into one movie. He takes you to the point where you think he's going to kill you, then he drops the ball. Most of the movie was pretty boring, actually. He reminds me of Adam Sandler, in some ways - some really great stuff, mostly boring, and some bizarre/out of the blue "comedy" that just doesn't work for me.

I haven't seen Borat or much of Cohen in general, but I thought Cohen's character in this movie was really weak. There was nothing funny about the character, really, although it seemed like they were going for laughs with his accent. But when you consider that the funny French accent was done by Peter Sellers 30 years ago to the point of perfection, Cohen didn't come close to eliciting a laugh from me.
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I absolutely hated it. I figured it'd be hit or miss and it was a complete miss for me. I gather that I'm in the extreme minority on this one but I barely laughed at all. Not my sense of humor.
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:39 AM   #647
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But when you consider that the funny French accent was done by Peter Sellers 30 years ago to the point of perfection, Cohen didn't come close to eliciting a laugh from me.

This what we would refer to as a generation gap.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:28 AM   #648
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Yamato is about the a group of friends who are crew aboard the Battleship Yamato in WWII. The Yamato was the biggest battleship ever built and the pride of the Japanes navy.

In the movie we follow the persons as they leave their families to go to war. The bond between the main characters is shown and we get to see that they are just normal people like everybody else.

Also, the movie follows a descendant of one of the main characters as she tries to get to the place where the Yamato was sunk on the 50th anniversary of its loss.

By coincidence she meets one of the main characters, who agrees to sail her to the place.

Maybe I should notch the rating up by a point to 7.5/10.

Its worth watching.

I hope this makes sense.

English is not my first language and I am pretty tired right now

I couldn't find it on netflix. Is it widely avaliable? Was it just released?
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:13 AM   #649
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I couldn't find it on netflix. Is it widely avaliable? Was it just released?

It was released in Scandinavia in December.

My version is kinda... ahem... bootleggish...:o

IMDB doesn't say anything about a US release date... Maybe you just have to be patient.

I did find it on Danish and Asian web shops, but I don't think those versions have English subtitles.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:23 AM   #650
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Dola.

Yamato

I found it at yesasia.com for only $7.99. The Hong Kong version should have english subs, but I couldn't get the site to work properbly. But try it anyway.
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