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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 1:50 pm 
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Saw Gatsby this weekend. Loved it! LOVED IT!!!! Thought it was great.

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Saw Gatsby this weekend. Loved it! LOVED IT!!!! Thought it was great.

Yay!! I'm so happy to hear that someone who loves the book so much could love this movie version. The shirt scene, right!

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You know, from the time Gatsby first reunited with Daisy--beginning with the scene when Nick's cottage was glutted with flowers!!!!--until they parted that day, I was in tears over their reunion--the clock, the shirt scene--all of it. The book means so much to me and it was such a pleasure to see it played out the way cinematically it had always been (more or less) in my imagination. I think BL did a FANTASTIC job. Leo DiCaprio and the guy who played Tom Buchanan were especially great. And I was totally not on board with DiCaprio, going in. In fact, when they did the first close up of his face, I thought, cynically and overly critically, "oh, no, he's too old for Gatsby--Gatsby's supposed to be early thirties," but in two seconds, that didn't matter. Totally persuaded me with his performance. Really loved it. My nephew loved it, too and he never read the book so he was going in clean and unexposed to Gatsby lore. <3

Also, I remember Leo DiCaprio as a child actor--so hard for me to adjust to him as an adult ("baby facecasted" as mumbles has put it in the past) but yeah, he does one of my favorite characters in lit so well, he hit all the role's nuances (I thought) did so much without saying a word, with his expressiveness and gestures. I was so pleased!

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Agree! Leo can do no wrong in my eyes so I was never worried. But he did a great job. And I loved the way BL brought life and vibrancy to what my imagination could only partially do.

The soundtrack by the way is also stunning!

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I'm quite surprised at all the bad reviews, having seen it and also being a huge fan of the book so I'm one of those annoying "sacred grounders" about it. I mean, I do agree there are a few small weaknesses in the film, very minor quibbles but that's to be expected in any rendering and I hold none of that against it. I was surprised on how BL's interpretatation of the story was so close to my own, actually, and that is what is so satisfying to see. And Leo's interpretation of Gatsby. I mean, I sort of watched him in surprise, sometimes, like what he was doing as Gatsby was springing from my own mind, almost, from how I wanted him to be onscreen and no one else had really captured before. Robert Redford's Gatsby (1974 movie) didn't really convey Gatsby's wistfulness and romanticism and incorruptible innocence the way Leo did and that is so critical for any rendering of Gatsby. I'd see it again!

Also, I've been re-reading the book with excitement since and matching them up and things straight from the book like Fitzgerald describing how Gatsby's formality "just missed being absurd," describes Leo's depiction perfectly.

Yeah, I don't get the criticism. I see it as posturing, mostly, on the part of the critics, because I've gone about reading some of the bad reviews and their criticisms don't reasonate with me, for the most part.

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Friends with Kids, very cute. Not too sappy or overly romantic as far as RomComs go.

Ick I hated this film, so terrible.

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Aww really, what about it?

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All of it. Not funny, not cute just terrible.

Of course I watched it with my parents when I had PMT and was irrationally angry so maybe I should give it another go! :)

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Star Trek Into Darkness! I loved it. Cumberbatch was excellent. I never thought I'd say this, but I totally have a cloner for him after seeing that. I also really want to watch all of TOS (series and films) now.

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Identity Thief. 5/10, but only because Jason Bateman is a sexy fox.


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Frankenweenie - Fairly disappointing.

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Life of Pi.

I wish I had turned it off. I was very upset with all the animal stuff, even if most of them were CGI.


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The Sessions.
very moving story. sad yet uplifting - both leads were excellent


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I'm in a serious movie slump lately. I watched To Rome With Love which is probably one of the worst Woody Allen movies. It was like he was trying to recapture some of the 'city atmosphere' from Midnight in Paris but it just failed miserably. I normally like his stuff but this was just bad. Then for some odd reason of a free movie weekend (HBO, etc) and it pouring outside, I watched Vamps. Oh my, this was the worst movie I've seen in a long time. I just couldn't stop watching though. I'm embarrassed to say I sat through the entire thing. For the husband, I watched with him Expendables 2 which is your normal action packed, no story line, movie. Last night, I watched Like Crazy. It was an OK movie, nothing too exciting. Was interesting to see the relationship progress but would have been nice to see an actual timeline of how long this was taking place.

Tonight, I'm keeping my fingers crossed....I'm watching The Lady, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi.


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We went to see This Is The End last Friday - I really liked it! Definitely not a serious film but a good, ridiculous summer movie.

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Man of Steel - It was kinda boring and over-long. They could've cut 30+ minutes without losing any of the story or making anything any more confusing or convoluted. But Henry Cavill sure is pretty (especially in the glasses). And it was kinda fun seeing some familiar sci-fi faces pop up unexpectedly.

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saw This Is The End last night.
the craziest movie ride I've been on in a loonnnggg time


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I just watched Invincible, a Werner Herzog film about a Polish Jewish strongman who worked in Berlin just before Hitler came to power. It was interesting. It sounded like it was dubbed, but it was synched up, so maybe it was just the way it sounded.

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White House Down - don't judge....completely ridiculous fun
The Heat - loved it!!
The East - interesting. a little too 'convenient' in some parts but I really am impressed with the star/writer Brit Marling who also wrote and starred in another movie I really loved, Another Earth


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Silver Linings Playbook - cute, but didn't live up to the hype

Side Effects - liked it a lot though I totally figured a lot of the plot early on

Dark Skies - so bad

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I watched The 400 Blows on the weekend (old movie I think from 1959 in French with English subtitles). Didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I think it's a well done film, just I don't relate to the story so much.

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Side Effects - meh
the beginning was dull, the middle got better and the end was lame and ludicrous. what a let down


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The Worlds End.

forking brilliant. My new favourite insult is now "OH fork OFF YOU BIG LAMP!"

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The East - interesting. a little too 'convenient' in some parts but I really am impressed with the star/writer Brit Marling who also wrote and starred in another movie I really loved, Another Earth


I loved the East. I'm amazed at Brit Marling's talent as both a writer and actress. It was also interesting to read articles after watching the movie about how she spent months on end dumpster diving and living with anarchist collectives as research for the movie.

I also loved Gatsby and to be honest I haven't read it since high school and wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed it.

Another movie I really liked that I saw recently is this movie on Netflix called "Safety Not Guaranteed" starring Aubrey Plaza (April from Parks and Rec). She's a journalism intern she answers a classified ad in the paper about someone looking for a partner for time travel. Seemed like a simple quirky movie but I thought about it for several days afterwards until I finally had that "ah ha!" moment and it all made perfect sense.


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The Worlds End.

forking brilliant. My new favourite insult is now "OH fork OFF YOU BIG LAMP!"


Oh I can't wait to see this one. Makes me now want to go back and re-watch all their older stuff.


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