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post #721 of 973 Old 05-11-2010, 09:20 AM
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You could say the same about Scarface, Pulp Fiction, and just about any other gangster flick. They always screw each other over. That's why they're gangsters.

But to your specific objections, the film more than anything else is a character study of Tom. I recommend watching it a few times to pick up on some of the nuances of the themes and symbolism spread throughout, but it comes down to how well one accepts Tom as the protagonist of the movie.

To me, he is one of the most fascinating main characters ever put to film. Unlike other gangster "heroes" in most movies, he deals with situations and imposes his will on others almost exclusively with his brain, not brawn. Always the thinker, as Casper would say. That angle is what is most amazing to me; it is in complete contrast with any similar movie in this genre. It reminds me of the Greek fables: while most primary characters like Hercules and Perseus are battling foes with might, here comes Theseus to take them down with thought. Tom is the Theseus of gangster movies.

Tom has a moral code that's foul because of the mob life he chose, but he is also fair in the sense that he simply wants what's good for business with as little in-fighting as possible. Play by the rules and all is well as everyone makes $$$, screw up and you only have yourself to blame for the consequences (Bernie).

Even from that perspective, he is in conflict with himself. He is smart enough to know what the right play is at any given time, but he is too foolish to hold himself up to that high standard at all times. He has a gambling problem, which allows rivals to have their hooks in his back, and he allows himself to mess around with the girlfriend of his boss.

You mention the "what heart" scene. Without knowing it, you touched on the key element of the movie. Symbolism for Tom's heart is everywhere from beginning to end, and the viewer is tasked with trying to better understand Tom and hs motivations by basically determining where his heart is at any given time.

The key to doing THAT is to keep an eye on his hat. The hat is a physical representation of his heart. If Tom's hat is tilted up, he is acting on emotion and tosses common sense out the window. When it is pulled down, he is in logic mode as he subdues his emotions. His hat is missing? Verna has it, the one character who he allows to take his hat/heart. What does Tom wake up and start brooding over? A dream about his hat/heart:

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Verna: What're you chewin' over?

Tom: Dream I had once. I was walkin' in the woods, I don't know why. Wind came up and blew me hat off.

Verna: And you chased it, right? You ran and ran, finally caught up to it and you picked it up. But it wasn't a hat anymore and it changed into something else, something wonderful.

Tom : Nah, it stayed a hat and no, I didn't chase it. Nothing more foolish than a man chasin' his hat.

Even when Tom details that dream to Verna, his Irish accent makes the word "hat" sound like "heart". The wind (love?) is an unseen force that comes from nowhere and takes away his hat/heart. Verna and Tom's final lines are the filmmakers way of showing the conflict Tom had in trying to deal with his feelings going after Verna and his loyalty to his boss (her boyfriend), let alone what's ultimately good for business.

Anyway, as I said it is probably my favorite drama of all time. I've seen it so many times that I've lost count, and I still pick up on some new stuff to chew over with each viewing. The dialogue is incredible (best ever IMHO), the casting is near perfect, the score is spot on and I absolutely love the cinematography. Hopefully you give Miller's Crossing another chance, but I guess no movie is for everyone.

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Well that was miles better than anything iMDb had to offer in terms of justification or defense for the film. While I was still bored out of my mind last night, I definitely appreciate your well-written response and perspective that you've presented. I caught on to the subtext of the hat, but couldn't quite put my finger on it.. so your words have shed some helpful light in that regard. To each his own of course, and Im glad you have great reasoning for liking this film.

That being said.. give me Scorcese, Ritchie or Tarantino for my gangster flick any day, they make selfish pricks entertaining at least. And it's not that I dont enjoy some intellect with my gangster films, I do.. this movie just felt too full of "Coen intellect", which is to say it was completely full of itself. As for Tom.. I see the conflict that you are outlining, but I just didnt feel it was conveyed well onscreen. I know Byrne is a capable actor, but like I said earlier.. everything just felt so dull and flat. Even the "emotional" scenes just felt so empty or hollow. I didnt care about any conflict, any death of any character, any "intense" dialogue.. it was all just so lifeless.

Anyway.. enjoy the film in your library, and I'll enjoy mine without it.
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I watched Miller's Crossing again this afternoon and loved it even more than I had the last time I saw it, which is to say I loved it a lot. I think it is a near masterpiece, weakened only by its incredibly intricate plot. I agree that every character in it is a degenerate, none more so than our protagonist, Tommy Reagan. At its core Miller's Crossing is a black comedy, whose purpose was certainly not make us like any of its characters. In fact the Dane was such a monster, and Bernie such a slimy rat, I took great pleasure in seeing both of them meet their maker in wildly convoluted but highly entertaining ways.

Some of the sly, funny, Coen brothers touches made me laugh out loud. For example the scene in the alley in which the kid and his dog simultaneously look curiously at the dead body of "Rug" was wonderful by itself. But the capper came when the kid took Rug's toupee and ran off. I also enjoyed the closeup of the bottles of whiskey and headache powder at the foot of Tom's chair as he is talking on the phone, setting up his meeting with Bernie with a wet washcloth on his head. The Coen's just know how to make me laugh.
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i remember them filming a few of the rainy night time sequences down by roxbury cc, but never knew it was for this movie. it's nice to know the mass tax credits is working, but the productions it's drawn is subpar.

edge of darkness with mel gibson. a major handicap every movie that shares a boston theme faces is the accent. even commonwealth natives like damon, afleck, walhberg, and non-native dicaprio go overboard in the few movies they did with boston backgrounds (rounders, departed, shutter island, forbidden kingdom etc..) gibson in this film isnt quite so strong handed with the accent, but it's still annoying. speaking of dialogue, ray winstone might as well have subtitles when he's in the scene.

if i didnt know better, i would have thought emma's bf, played by shawn roberts, was an extra. his performance is so poor i felt sorry for the more seasoned mel gibson, who shares most of his scenes.

it's just a joke of a movie. i cant get past the dialogue and acting to comment on anything else. would not recommend anyone rent this movie, unless you live in the boston area and enjoy seeing familiar landmarks.

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i remember them filming a few of the rainy night time sequences down by roxbury cc, but never knew it was for this movie. it's nice to know the mass tax credits is working, but the productions it's drawn is subpar.

edge of darkness with mel gibson. a major handicap every movie that shares a boston theme faces is the accent. even commonwealth natives like damon, afleck, walhberg, and non-native dicaprio go overboard in the few movies they did with boston backgrounds (rounders, departed, shutter island, forbidden kingdom etc..) gibson in this film isnt quite so strong handed with the accent, but it's still annoying. speaking of dialogue, ray winstone might as well have subtitles when he's in the scene.

if i didnt know better, i would have thought emma's bf, played by shawn roberts, was an extra. his performance is so poor i felt sorry for the more seasoned mel gibson, who shares most of his scenes.

it's just a joke of a movie. i cant get past the dialogue and acting to comment on anything else. would not recommend anyone rent this movie, unless you live in the boston area and enjoy seeing familiar landmarks.

I thought there accents were wicked' smaaart!
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Here's another "classic" to add to the mix.. A Clockwork Orange. Finally saw it, and feel like the only thing I gained from it was finally seeing what all the fuss was about. Problem is, I don't understand what all the fuss was about. Sure in the 70's it was "violent" and almost pornographic and merged the two onscreen in a somewhat twisted way. However, in the 2000's it comes off like some convoluted acid trip and a large helping of breasts. It felt like I spent the entire time waiting for something interesting to happen, or to care about what WAS happening, or to even understand a damn sentence that anyone uttered. I can see how -- if there had never been anything like it on screen before -- this film would be controversial and intriguing. Nowadays it's fairly tame and quite dull.

I did takeaway some things.. like the fact that we can never know for sure if someone who is "cured" through the "system" is every truly cured, and that there are plenty of people outside of the system who do horrible things and never get punished for them. Also that in our efforts to "cure" the evil, we can absolve them of true punishment for horrible crimes.. that you can be truly evil and not really have to ever change. But at the end when I was thinking about those things, it was overshadowed by the larger feeling of "so what? what a waste of 2 hours..". I liken most Kubrick films to most Picasso paintings... some people can look at a Picasso and connect with it and love it for whatever reason, and the other 75% of the population will look at the same painting and go "WTF are you talking about?".

To contrast that.. I also watched Hitchcock's 'Psycho' for the first time yesterday and truly enjoyed it. I was certainly expecting the opposite reactions to both these films.
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Here's another "classic" to add to the mix.. A Clockwork Orange. Finally saw it, and feel like the only thing I gained from it was finally seeing what all the fuss was about. Problem is, I don't understand what all the fuss was about. Sure in the 70's it was "violent" and almost pornographic and merged the two onscreen in a somewhat twisted way. However, in the 2000's it comes off like some convoluted acid trip and a large helping of breasts. It felt like I spent the entire time waiting for something interesting to happen, or to care about what WAS happening, or to even understand a damn sentence that anyone uttered. I can see how -- if there had never been anything like it on screen before -- this film would be controversial and intriguing. Nowadays it's fairly tame and quite dull.

I did takeaway some things.. like the fact that we can never know for sure if someone who is "cured" through the "system" is every truly cured, and that there are plenty of people outside of the system who do horrible things and never get punished for them. Also that in our efforts to "cure" the evil, we can absolve them of true punishment for horrible crimes.. that you can be truly evil and not really have to ever change. But at the end when I was thinking about those things, it was overshadowed by the larger feeling of "so what? what a waste of 2 hours..". I liken most Kubrick films to most Picasso paintings... some people can look at a Picasso and connect with it and love it for whatever reason, and the other 75% of the population will look at the same painting and go "WTF are you talking about?".

To contrast that.. I also watched Hitchcock's 'Psycho' for the first time yesterday and truly enjoyed it. I was certainly expecting the opposite reactions to both these films.

Let me preface my remarks by confessing that I am now and have always been one of Stanley Kubrick's more ardent fans. He directed more masterpieces than any other director I know of. I have lost track of the times I have seen A Clockwork Orange. Most recently, I watched it with my 16 year old grandson, who loved it, too. Next only to Dr. Strangelove, I think that it is Kubrick's greatest achievement. I understand, though, that Kubrick marched to a very different drummer. Thus, it is unsurprising that, as you noted, a lot of viewers just plain don't like his stuff.

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Here's another "classic" to add to the mix.. A Clockwork Orange. Finally saw it, and feel like the only thing I gained from it was finally seeing what all the fuss was about. Problem is, I don't understand what all the fuss was about. Sure in the 70's it was "violent" and almost pornographic and merged the two onscreen in a somewhat twisted way. However, in the 2000's it comes off like some convoluted acid trip and a large helping of breasts. It felt like I spent the entire time waiting for something interesting to happen, or to care about what WAS happening, or to even understand a damn sentence that anyone uttered. I can see how -- if there had never been anything like it on screen before -- this film would be controversial and intriguing. Nowadays it's fairly tame and quite dull.

I did takeaway some things.. like the fact that we can never know for sure if someone who is "cured" through the "system" is every truly cured, and that there are plenty of people outside of the system who do horrible things and never get punished for them. Also that in our efforts to "cure" the evil, we can absolve them of true punishment for horrible crimes.. that you can be truly evil and not really have to ever change. But at the end when I was thinking about those things, it was overshadowed by the larger feeling of "so what? what a waste of 2 hours..". I liken most Kubrick films to most Picasso paintings... some people can look at a Picasso and connect with it and love it for whatever reason, and the other 75% of the population will look at the same painting and go "WTF are you talking about?".

To contrast that.. I also watched Hitchcock's 'Psycho' for the first time yesterday and truly enjoyed it. I was certainly expecting the opposite reactions to both these films.

The book's final chapter was excised from the film and by having done so the core message of the film is polar opposite. While I enjoyed the film more than you as is, I felt cheated by the ending (or lack there of) in the film.

I'd recommend reading the book or at least reading the last chapter at your local bookstore or library and all of the questions you posed will be answered. I think it was one of Kubrick's biggest mistakes as a filmmaker and its unfair to the source material due to the change it brings...
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2 recent films that I found dull/boring were Zombieland and Where the Wild Things Are. Neither of these films did anything for me and I loved WtWTA book when I was young.

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I just finished to watch Doubt on blu-ray.

Spectacular PQ, great AQ, really well played characters, interesting plot, emotically driven and it's a well awarded movie but seriously it was really boring IMHO.

I think this will dethrone Children of Men and No Country for Old Men.
I wanted a twisted ending or something to happen...

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2 recent films that I found dull/boring were Zombieland and Where the Wild Things Are. Neither of these films did anything for me and I loved WtWTA book when I was young.

Although I didn't see Where the Wild Things Are, I enjoyed Zombieland. I thought that it did a great job of mixing horror and humor and the performances were outstanding. Not that this is necessarily definitive, but IMDb voters have given an average of 7.8 Stars out of 10 and nearly 90% of the reviews of the film collected by Rotten Tomatoes were positive.

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I just finished to watch Doubt on blu-ray.

Spectacular PQ, great AQ, really well played characters, interesting plot, emotically driven and it's a well awarded movie but seriously it was really boring IMHO.

I think this will dethrone Children of Men and No Country for Old Men.
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Naively I expected the movie to end with more than just doubts.

You are in a decided minority where all three of the films you mentioned are concerned. Both Children of Men and No Country for Old Men were so highly thought of by IMDb voters that they are among the site's Top 250 Best films. Doubt received an average IMDb vote of 7.7 Stars out of 10. although the opinion of IMDb voters is not necessarily definitive, it certainly reflects my opinion of these three fine films. I have watched all of them multiple times and bought the No Country DVD on the day it was released.

All three films are dark and ambiguous. Thus, the obligatory Hollywood happy ending is notably absent from each. Children of Men concerns a dystopian future where the populace is infertile and most governments have collapsed. No Country explores the meaning of evil and Doubt is about, doubt. Sister Aloysius' anguished, "I have such doubt!" at the end of the film still resonates with me. To my way of thinking at least, all three are brilliant and thought provoking.
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2 recent films that I found dull/boring were Zombieland and Where the Wild Things Are. Neither of these films did anything for me and I loved WtWTA book when I was young.

I have no idea how WtWTA got the positive reviews it did. It was like all the perfect elements were there for success, but instead of laying them out to make sense of them, they were just thrown in a bucket, waiting for someone to call it "art" and label it a good movie. I had to force myself to finish it. If it weren't for watching it on my home theater I couldn't have, since at least the audio was quite engaging. What a turd of a movie and a completely missed opportunity.

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2 recent films that I found dull/boring were Zombieland and Where the Wild Things Are. Neither of these films did anything for me and I loved WtWTA book when I was young.

Z-land is awesome, but you have to be in the mood for it, if you expect an horror movie you'll be disapointed for sure. I think it's a great zombie movie parody, it's almost as funny as Sean of the dead.

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You are in a decided minority where all three of the films you mentioned are concerned. Both Children of Men and No Country for Old Men were so highly thought of by IMDb voters that they are among the site's Top 250 Best films. Doubt received an average IMDb vote of 7.7 Stars out of 10. although the opinion of IMDb voters is not necessarily definitive, it certainly reflects my opinion of these three fine films. I have watched all of them multiple times and bought the No Country DVD on the day it was released.

All three films are dark and ambiguous. Thus, the obligatory Hollywood happy ending is notably absent from each. Children of Men concerns a dystopian future where the populace is infertile and most governments have collapsed. No Country explores the meaning of evil and Doubt is about, doubt. Sister Aloysius' anguished, "I have such doubt!" at the end of the film still resonates with me. To my way of thinking at least, all three are brilliant and thought provoking.

I know I am in a decided minority but I didn't liked any of these three films and IMDb voters don't reflect my opinions that's all. All these movies are dark and ambiguous indeed but they also have a reaaly slow developping story and that's what I don't like about some movies.

I'm not the biggest fan of dramas but when it have some action, a jaw dropping ending or funny lines once in a while I dig them better.

I also didn't like the soloist and found it boring, again it's well acted, have a really interesting story and was nicely filmed but I'm just not the target crowd for these kind of movies.

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I know I am in a decided minority but I didn't liked any of these three films and IMDb voters don't reflect my opinions that's all. All these movies are dark and ambiguous indeed but they also have a reaaly slow developping story and that's what I don't like about some movies.

I'm not the biggest fan of dramas but when it have some action, a jaw dropping ending or funny lines once in a while I dig them better.

I also didn't like the soloist and found it boring, again it's well acted, have a really interesting story and was nicely filmed but I'm just not the target crowd for these kind of movies.

There are going to be some who don't like a movie, regardless of what the conventional wisdom about it is and dark, slow developing, films usually have even more detractors.

I didn't exactly dislike The Soloist but given that it was directed by one of my favorite directors, Joe Wright, and starred one of my favorite actors, Robert Downey Junior, it disappointed me. I agree with what IMDb voters said about it, too. They gave an average vote of only 6.7 Stars out of 10. That's about right for The Soloist it seems to me. It is not a bad film but it is a thoroughly mediocre one.
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... oh, sorry. Thought you were asking about the worst movie I'd ever seen. Hard to be boring when you're groaning at the awfulness of the movie!
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Finally got around to watching Hurt Locker and found it pretty boring. With all the hype and academy awards, it was not what I was expecting at all.
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Finally got around to watching Hurt Locker and found it pretty boring. With all the hype and academy awards, it was not what I was expecting at all.

I was actually expecting to be bored with this one and found I had just the opposite reaction (then bought the disc the next day).

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Finally got around to watching Hurt Locker and found it pretty boring. With all the hype and academy awards, it was not what I was expecting at all.

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I was actually expecting to be bored with this one and found I had just the opposite reaction (then bought the disc the next day).

For reasons expressed earlier in this thread, I loved The Hurt Locker. I, too, bought a copy of the BD. Nevertheless, I understand where those who didn't like it are coming from. It is dark, very dark, filled with death and frustration. Further, there are no heroes, and only a few villains, nameless Hajis whom we never learn much about. That kind of darkness and ambiguity simply doesn't work for everybody. We have seen similar negative comments in this thread about Children of Men, No Country, for Old Men, and other similarly dark and ambiguous tales.
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I have no idea how WtWTA got the positive reviews it did. It was like all the perfect elements were there for success, but instead of laying them out to make sense of them, they were just thrown in a bucket, waiting for someone to call it "art" and label it a good movie. I had to force myself to finish it. If it weren't for watching it on my home theater I couldn't have, since at least the audio was quite engaging. What a turd of a movie and a completely missed opportunity.

Huh.. I thought WTWTA was the best children's movie I've seen in a couple of years, nothing short of brilliant. To each his own, I guess.
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Let me preface my remarks by confessing that I am now and have always been one of Stanley Kubrick's more ardent fans. He directed more masterpieces than any other director I know of. I have lost track of the times I have seen A Clockwork Orange. Most recently, I watched it with my 16 year old grandson, who loved it, too. Next only to Dr. Strangelove, I think that it is Kubrick's greatest achievement. I understand, though, that Kubrick marched to a very different drummer. Thus, it is unsurprising that, as you noted, a lot of viewers just plain don't like his stuff.


I have a love-hate relationship with Mission to Mars, as I do with so much of Brian De Palma's work. He makes a fetish of needling the viewer. As it happens, I mostly enjoyed De Palma's leg pulling in Mission to Mars. Although the dialog is so cornball silly, it should make the most pedestrian scifi screenwriter who ever lived blush, I thought all of that was kind of funny. Better yet, it looked great. I also found it oddly moving. Still, you are probably in the majority where Mission to Mars is concerned. Although my IMDb vote was 8 Stars out of 10, its average among all voters is only 5.1. That's bad.

Agreed about Kubrik. The guy is a genius. And one thing about Kubrik: he does not direct pedestrian films. His vision makes it into every square inch of celluloid, like or or not. This is the type of vision and determination that is necessary for great art (as in, it doesn't happen by accident). He has something he wants to accomplish with a film, and he does just that, damn the torpedoes, no matter who likes it. I can think of very few other directors who have been consistently given such creative latitude and who continued to push its boundaries long after they needed to.
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Well, I've got a nomination for Boring Movie that will undoubtedly turn a few heads: Blade, the first one.

It is one of only two movies that I've actually walked out of due to the movie itself (I've left a couple of others because of non-move-related issues like crazy kids or messed up audio).

The funny thing is, I've seen the movie a few times since then, at home instead of at the theater, and I think it plays much better WITH the commercial breaks and the distractions than without.

But in the theater, where it's just you and that big screen, I found it to be totally unwatchable. Like watching paint dry, minus the fun of inhaling the fumes.

Another nomination goes to "Wild Wild West" with Will Smith. Oh My God that was terrible (and the second movie I walked out on.)

So, are these really the most boring movies ever? No, I'm sure they're not. But they sure did bore me.
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Well, I've got a nomination for Boring Movie that will undoubtedly turn a few heads: Blade, the first one.

Well except for the cool New Order-Blood-Techno-Opening sequence, I find the whole Blade affair rather boring too. And not just the first one. Certainly not one of my favs in the vampire world...
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It is one of only two movies that I've actually walked out of due to the movie itself (I've left a couple of others because of non-move-related issues like crazy kids or messed up audio).

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Another nomination goes to "Wild Wild West" with Will Smith. Oh My God that was terrible (and the second movie I walked out on.)

So, are these really the most boring movies ever? No, I'm sure they're not. But they sure did bore me.

I'll bet you've never seen Movern Callar or there would be a third film on the your list of movies that you've actually walked out on.
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I'll bet you've never seen Movern Callar or there would be a third film on the your list of movies that you've actually walked out on.

Correct, I have never seen it. I'm not usually one to judge a movie I haven't seen, but for some reason that IMDB link makes the movie seem incredibly pretentious.
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The Aviator. I fell asleep in the theater on it. I'm so glad this fad of boring docudramas seems to be ending.
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Taste is a funny thing.

Some of the posters on here make me wish they would start reviewing movies.
If they give a movie a terrible review I can be almost guaranteed it's a great movie. Sort of a short cut to finding good movies.
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The Aviator. I fell asleep in the theater on it. I'm so glad this fad of boring docudramas seems to be ending.

The Aviator was well thought of by most and I liked it, too. Like all of Scorsese's work, it was brilliantly photographed, winning the Oscar for Best Cinematography, and had a terrific cast, including Cate Blanchett, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. It also won the Best Editing and Best Art Direction Oscars. But, then, what does Martin Scorsese know about making entertaining movies, right?
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