Don't you think he was outstanding in that movie? I mean sure you could see it coming for a few years when it was made known he was going to be playing Lincoln, but I think by any objective measure he delivered.
I thinki of the 5 actors nominated, DDL IMO is the clear winner. (although I have not seen Phoenix in the Master), but I've seen the other three and DDL to me should win.
"Zero Dark Thirty"
I thought Argo was really good but Zero Dark Thirty is a whole 'nother level of better IMHO.
For one thing, Argo just couldn't resist taking some creative license to throw in some cliched scenes that you had to know were BS just seeing them. And with a little research you could confirm they were BS. Zero Dark Thirty probably took some creative license as well, but nothing was cliched. There was no "OK we need a car chase scene here" school of movie-making...
Both were very good movies but if I had to vote for which was best Argo is a distant 2nd.
I just saw this list of the best Al Pacino movies. He was in some great ones. This is according to (RT) Rotten Tomatoes
1. The Godfather -- 100%
2. The Godfather, Part II -- 98%
3. Scarface -- 89%
4. Heat -- 90%
5. Scent of a Woman -- 88%
5. Dog Day Afternoon -- 97%
7. Carlito's Way -- 88%
8. The Insider -- 96%
8. Glengarry Glen Ross --94%
10. Donnie Brasco -- 87%
10. Serpico -- 90%
I'd quote a bunch of Pacino Scent Of A Woman lines but I'd get banned
Pacino killing my username's namesake:
Total Recall 2012
I liked it better than I thought I would. It's a popcorn flick of course. Nothing groundbreaking about it. I'd seen the original so I was pretty sure this would seem stale no matter what but it was OK. My complaint is:Spoiler:
Safety Not Guaranteed
Not a comedy, but still enjoyable.
Zero Dark Thirty
Exceptional. Only complaint I had was wishing I had a remote to go back and rewatch some stuff; there's no hand-holding where the narrative is concerned.
Only other nominees I've seen are Lincoln and Django, and this blew them out of the water, IMHO.
Phoenix was AMAZING in The Master but the academy didn't really like that movie so he won't win.
I fully disagree, greatly looking forward to my second viewing of the film when it comes out on bluray.
I really liked Denzel in Flight.
The Words with Bradley Cooper and Dennis Quaid.
This movie didn't have any twists or turns, or really any adversity of any kind, but it was so well written that I really enjoyed the movie.
Watched The Strangers with Liv Tyler again. Seems to be a love it or hate it type of movie. The main characters certainly make some bad decisions but you can't deny the creepiness and terror of this movie. Who's to say what kind of decisions you make when your life is in jeopardy? Still one of the better horror movies of the last decade IMO.
Just got done watching Insidious again. Can you tell I like horror films? LOL Once again great movie one of the best horror films of the last decade.
Side Effects - it was OK. Mildly entertaining, but nothing more.
Debbie Does Dallas
Really well filmed. Camera angles and lighting were good given the limited budget. Three stars.
I watched a pair of movies recently. First let us begin with The Master.
To preface, the only reason I watched this movie was because Joaquin Phoenix is my all-time favorite actor. I have watched everything he is in (yes, that includes I'm Still Here, which I thought was a brilliant movie by the way, stupid or not, only he could pull off the rapper hoax) so I gave this one a look. His acting was stellar, as usual. however, I feel dumber having seen the movie. What the **** was that? It started very well but the plot really never developed. What was the point? Freddy is a drunk in the beginning, and ends a drunk. I never thought another movie would have more random nudity than I'm Still Here, but I was wrong. All the movie turned out to be was a pointless following of a drunk war veteran who has anger management issues and loves to fornicate. Granted Joaquin Phoenix played him perfectly, it's a shame this movie wasn't better. The setup with the school girl could have (and SHOULD HAVE) been much better.
The other movie I watched was Flight.
This movie was nothing like I had imagined when I saw the previews. However, it was phenomenal. Denzel Washington plays a great lead and the development of him and his relationship with the lady is very well done. I also really like how his family comes to love him by the end as well. With as much action and plot development this movie featured, it could have had much more- and that is awesome. However, I think the perfect balance was released already. I would not change a thing. In regards to the ending, I did not see it coming, but now in hindsight, if it didn't turn out that way, the entire movie would be a waste of time. Great movie, I would definitely recommend it.