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@phillychick I really want to see this movie, as well. I am happy that Chiwetel Ejifor is the lead in a much talked about movie, since he's such a great actor who has been underrated until this movie. Thank you to Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt for really valuing this true story.
1 month ago on Let’s Talk Movies 3
I'm not a fan of Tyler Perry's work because I think that the stories he creates are too extreme, and because of that, what could potentially be decent story lines are ruined and characters become caricatures. I saw a couple of his Madea movies and the Why Did I Get Married movies, but after the WDIGM ones, I decided not to watch anymore of his movies, at least for a while, because of the way Perry approaches storytelling and character development.
Recently, I saw a movie on Netflix, called The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom. A movie with Orlando Bloom isn't usually high up on my must see list, but I had heard about this one at the beginning of the year, and was drawn to it for some reason. I was pleasantly surprised by Bloom's acting, and the story. Bloom stars as a young doctor named Martin, who is interning at a hospital. He is somewhat of a loner and is trying to cope with the stress of his chosen profession and the lack of respect and encouragement from his colleagues. When he starts treating a teenage patient, he sees an opportunity to finally get the respect and acknowledgment that he desires, which leads him to desperate measures. Aside from Orlando, Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button) has a small role as an outspoken nurse who butts heads with Martin early on. I mention Taraji because I have to say that I think that Bloom is one of those actors who just seems to have chemistry with black actresses. I say that because of each of the projects that he has done in which he was in an interracial paring, such as in Haven with Zoe Saldana, Romeo and Juliet with Condola Rashad, and even though he wasn't paired with Taraji in this movie, they still had wonderful chemistry. I actually wanted to see more scenes of them suspiciously eyeing each other because they played so well of each other. If only the movie industry was a bit more willing to put this kind of pairing together and see the potential that's there.
As an introvert, remarks like "too quiet" and "too serious" don't bother me like they once did. I don't really perceive those remarks as criticism anymore, more so expectations that others have about appropriate behavior for a given situation. If I view those comments as that person's expectation of me, and not necessarily a problem I have, then the comments don't really mean as much to me. I'm not saying that these behaviors are never an issue, because sometimes they can definitely pose a problem and a discussion needs to take place, but other times, there really isn't anything wrong, just someone's perception that something is wrong because an expectation is not being met, which is when the conversation about personality types and temperamental preferences needs to be had.
1 month, 1 week ago on How Introverts Should Respond To Criticism
Since I mentioned John Hughes before, I just want to let people know that Sixteen Candles is on now on ABCFamily. I just happened to flip through the channels and saw that it is on, but its over 30 minutes
into the movie.
3 months ago on Lets Talk Movies
@Law Wanxi I usually do category 2 as well. I don't know what it is, but I think I have ADD the inattentive type, lol, so it's hard for me to concentrate on one thing for too long. So when I decide that I am gong to watch a movie, I end up watching about 30 minutes of it on the Play Station Netflix application, and then another few minutes of it on the iPhone, and then later maybe back to the PlayStation or another devic, until I'm done with the movie. Thank goodness Netflix keeps the same movies for instant viewing for a while, otherwise I wouldn't finish movies.
i think that parodies have been mentioned here, and I have one to recommend. It's called La Casa de Mi Padre, a Spanish language film, and it stars Will Farrel. I'm not a fan of his but I watched this movie on Netflix recently, and it was funny. I didn't know anything about the movie when I started watching it, but I quickly realized that it's a parody of telenovellas and drug movies. I don't watch telenovellas but I have viewed a few scenes from some of them, so I was able to understand some of the nuances and why certain aspects of the movie were funny and why scenes looked a certain way.
@Jenn Jenn Thanks. I am actually afraid to click on the link that you provided because I can just imagine, and I don't know if I'd be able to get through the previews of some of these movies. But I might when I am in a daring, "I don't care" kind of mood, lol.
@ElfeV I watched Some Kind of Wonderful and Pretty in Pink, but didn't like them as much as Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club. I remember when I saw Anthony Michael Hall's series, The Dead Zone, from the early 2000's. I was so surprised that it was him. I never saw Weird Science, but I ended up watching some of the series that was based on the movie, so I'll have to give the movie a try at some point.
@CAPT SMOOTH @introvertedwanderer I like IMDB so I definitely will check the info on Hughes. Thanks.
@CAPT SMOOTH I'm definitely going to have to watch some of the movies you mentioned. I was only familiar with the Brat Pack ones, and also Uncle Buck, which is definitely a hilarious movie. John Candy had me laughing from beginning to end in that one.
Does anyone like the "Brat Pack" movies by John Hughes? When I say Brat Pack, I mean the actors and actresses who were usually cast in his movies. The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles are two of my favorite Hughes movies.
@CAPT SMOOTH @introvertedwanderer Yeah, I watched the Americanized version of The Ring, but not the original. If you've watched both, how would you compare them. Is the original more eery in tone?
I like the horror genre, and am usually up for watching a horror movie, but one horror subcategory that I have avoided has been Asian Horror movies. I have watched a few clips online from a couple of these movies, but the atmosphere of them have just been too eery and the plotlines and characters are very twisted. Is anyone here into Asian horror movies?
3 months, 1 week ago on Lets Talk Movies
To answer a few more questions, a couple of years ago, I took my then three year old daughter to see The Lion King in 3D. It was her first movie experience. I had seen The Lion King in its original run, and it is one of my favorite Disney movies, so I was happy to take her to see it for her first movie. Well, we got there, I bought the popcorn and beverages, and that's about the only thing she enjoyed during the movie. She watched a little bit of it, but started to get antsy and bored, and I was also bored, because even though I like the movie, the price of admission for the 3D screening and the fact that I wasn't a ten year old anymore and am not really into animated movies anymore, was enough for me to want to leave early. But we ended up staying for the whole movie. The next movie I took her to was the latest Ice Age movie and she had a much better time.
The movie going experience isn't really a big deal to me anymore, so I don't really get that desire to go and see a new release movie at the theatre. I'd rather wait for a movie I'd like to see to come on Netflix, On Demand, or I sometimes rent movies from RedBox. At this point, I much prefer older tv series over movies, anyway, so anytime I'm on Netflix, I mostly search for series like Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. Which has led me to realize that I now prefer Mystery/Suspense and Supernatural based dramas over other categories. I ended up watching a movie called The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel. It's about a poverty stricken town in Washington, I think, and year after year, the kids of the town have been going missing, never to be found. It was on Netflix for a while, so I finally decided to watch it and I was glad I did, because it had the elements that I like done in creative ways such as mystery, suspense, drama, interesting action sequences, and Jessica Biel's acting pleasantly surprised me, which made me realize that she is much more dynamic in this type of movie, instead of the romcoms, comedies, and other movies in which she might be more likely to get a role.
Another movie that I really like that was a low budget movie is Teenage DirtBag. It's really a gem of a movie, in my opinion, that a lot of people haven't heard of and if they saw the movie cover and Title on Netflix or something, they would most likely skip by it, but I would recommend it, especially to people who came of age in the 90's. it really has a realistic 90's feel to it, and explores the burgeoning friendship between two high school students, a guy and a girl, who once disliked each other, but end up learning more about each other because of a poetry class they are taking. It's one of those movies that stayed with me for a while after the credits started to roll. It's a story about learning to see the complexities of a person instead of judging that person by his or her facade, and also appreciating what's right there in front of you, and taking chances in spite of what other people might think.
@CAPT SMOOTH @introvertedwanderer Yeah, even though I haven't watched many films with Natalie Portman, one thing I can say about her is that I have never really considered her a "child actress". She always had a more mature quality about her that probably allowed her an easier transition into more adult roles, unlike other actors who have gotten typecast because of roles they did as children. About family dynamics in movies, I think another point is that they can make a viewer appreciate the type of family he or she has even more, if the family being portrayed happens to be dysfunctional in multiple ways.
LOL, I also recognized that pattern for the type of actor that I enjoyed watching. Not only did i like Dean, Brando, and Clift, but when I saw Running on Empty, I just had to know more about River Phoenix. There aren't many actors now a days that genuinely have that brooding quality. Now, it's more affected, like Johnny Depp and all of his little faux mannerisms, and I used to enjoy Johnny Depp, but now he just seems kind of phony.
When I was younger, like in my late adolescence to early 20's, I would have considered myself a cinephile to some extent. I loved watching movies, and if I wasn't at the cinema, I was a regular patron at the local video store, where I often sought out independent and sometimes foreign language films. I also liked watching the American Movie Classics Network, where I was introduced to James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Montgomery Clift. I remember the first time I saw James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. As a teen girl, and a brooding, introverted one at that, II felt like that movie had been personally made for me to watch. Then seeing Brando in On the Waterfront, and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun. I felt like I was in Heaven watching these guys in all of their rebelliousness.
In my mid-childhood, I remember bonding with my dad while watching crime movies like Scarface with Al Pacino, and The Godfather. Those were my fathers favorite movies and whenever he would sit down to watch one, I was right there with him, ready to see Tony Montana and Don Corleone in action. Although many parents would have banned their young kids from watching those movies, my parents were lenient when it came to television and movies, so I watched pretty much whatever they watched, and there was no problem, and looking back, I can appreciate their trust in my maturity level to watch things on screen and not be negatively influenced or anything like that. My relationship with my father is pretty much non-existent now, but whenever I'm flipping through the channels and one of these movies happens to be on, I remember a good time in my life with my Dad.
One of the movies that had a big affect on me was The Professional, with Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. Portman was a young child when filming this movie and it was mostly her and Reno in scenes, and I'm telling you the both of them were perfect in their chemistry. I almost never see that much chemistry between a child actor and an adult actor. The movie is about a hitman and the young girl that has basically chosen him to be her protector. It is a foreboding and poignant movie, making the viewer think of things that could have and might have been but also evoking a sense of hope and moving on with life.
@Tammy_Ghalden I disagree that the ridicule is because she is ugly. I don't particularly think that Miley is good looking, but I think most of the backlash simply stems from her outlandish behavior.
Brittney Spears was also criticized for provocative performances and being a bad role model, but she most certainly was not as outlandish as Miley. What Brittney did was tame compared to what Miley is doing now.
3 months, 1 week ago on Miley Cyrus Isn’t the Only Dingbat Co-Opting What She *Thinks* is Black Culture.
a lot of people do not know what the defition of racism really is. I was reading an article earlier today about Miley Cyrus's weight. And in the comments section someone was annoyed at the writer for discussing Miley's body, and said that it wasn't fair to skinny woman and that it was racist. I didn't know whether it was a joke or if the poster was being serious, but I've seen a lot of comments like that in which racisim is given a completely different definition.
Yeah, and the whole "shocking for the sake of being shocking" doesn't really work anymore. I think at this point, the shocking thing is when a performer can actually go on stage and really sing, play an instrument, and really show their talent, without all of the theatrics and "extraness". involved.
@myuniqueness Thank you. After observing Miley's behavior in her music videos, her obsession with twerking, and her horrific performance on the VMA's, I never once associated it with all black people or black women. It's NOT part of all black culture, just a segment of the population.
Talking about sexualizing the female body, Miley won't be the first or the last young white celebrity to start acting up once they reach a certain age and want to distance themselves from what they once did, in her case the Disney Princess image of Hanna Montana. A lot of them have done similar things such as giving more provocative music performances, posing provocatively for magazine shoots, etc. The difference with Miley is that she has gone way overboard and now looks like a fool, with a lot of people laughing at her. She comes across like a cartoon character more so than a sexy grown up woman artist/entertainer. I was surprised when I realized how far off the deep end she actually went, because other entertainers have at least tried to balance their image somewhat, but not her. But someone does need to tell her that she looks like a fool though, tongue hanging out like she's trying to catch flies. It's just not a good look.