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    Via Netflix, Scent Of A Woman, starring Al Pacino, a very young Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris O'Donnell. Any movie featuring both Pacino and Hoffman already has me buying my ticket, and this one is no exception. Both O'Donnell {as the young pep student, Charlie Sims} and the much older and more grizzled Pacino as the embittered, alcoholic and cynical U.S. Army Colonel Frank Slade {blinded by his own idiocy after "juggling" grenades while drunk} by movie's end have both grown to respect each other and to defend each other--to the point of death--if necessary. Pacino's depiction of a blind man--both physically and emotionally--is nothing less than stunning!
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    Via Netflix, M, starring--of course--the Marty Feldman bug eyed Peter Lorre as the psychopathic child killer. Those goggle eyes of his seem to be looking both backwards towards the recent horrors of WW1 and ahead to the "people's tribunals" and various other nightmares which would soon be brought to bear by the even bigger monster, Hitler and his Nazis on the German people.
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    Blow, starring Johnny Depp, Paul Reubens {yes, Peewee Herman himself}, Ray Liotta, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Griffiths and Max Perlich. The all too rapid rise and fall of a pretty decent guy {Depp}, who turns into a drug dealer working for Pablo Escobar. IMHO, Depp is a superb actor who is able to carry off any role to perfection, with this turn being no exception. If only the drug dealeres with whom I had to interact with in real life--usually to arrest--were half as moral as this guy.
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    Via Netflix, Body Of Lies, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Strong and Russell Crowe. A film exploring the many layers of deceit and deception which comprise--and possibly always has--the Middle East. There are plots, counterplots, operations and
    various "side operations", mounted by both the CIA and the people we are fighting against. DiCaprio, a decent man and CIA soldier, becomes a victim of one of these side operations he has himself concocted to entrap a murderous Al Qaeda terrorist. In the end, the only way he can survive with both his sanity and morality intact is to "walk away" from both sides.
    Great turns by Mark Strong as the imperious chief of Jordanian Intelligence, as well as by DiCaprio and Crowe with their only slightly "over the top" Southern accents. I was so impressed by this film that I have just ordered the book.
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    The five star Amazon release of Sweeney Todd. Ghastly. Angela Lansbury's screeching ruined it for us. Maybe I was spoiled by first attending this at the Lyric in Chicago with Bryn Terfel as Sweeney ...

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    On Netflix, Cinderella Man, with Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamati. Recounts the many setbacks of James J. Braddock before he became a boxing world champion. His trials and tribulations--both in and out of the ring, which he overcomes through sheer force of will--is truly awe inspiring.
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    Via Netflix, Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling. This tale charts the course of an impending planetary Armageddon {Earth's, that is} as a recently discovered planet is hurtling towards it. In parallel, it also explores the crumbling relationships in a small family, which was in the process of self-destruction anyway. Though a little jumbled at times, overall the movie was quite haunting and effective, especially some of the scenes near its end.
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    On Netflix, Munich, starring Eric Bana Daniel Craig and Michael Lonsdale. Using the backdrop of the 1972 Black September's massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Germany, Steven Spielberg raises some rather thorny ethical questions about the line between vengeance and justice {if there is indeed any}, about the ends justifying the means, and ultimately, about what one individual owes his/her country and to what extremes they are willing to go in order to pay this debt. Very interesting take on a horrible chapter in human history, with no easy or pat answers provided. Well done.
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    Once again, via Netflix, Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci. Reconsiders--for many--the 2008 financial meltdown through the prism of "shades of gray" rather than stark black and white, good and evil, as Oliver Stone did with Wall Street. Kevin Spacey does an excellent job of portraying an ambivalent character caught up in the web of nefarious toxic assets and products--such as the infamous bundles and sub-prime mortgages--who in the end has to decide between what is right for himself and what is right morally.
    Whereas Michael Douglas famous mantra in Wall Street was "Greed is good", Spacey's is "I need the money". In this he is truly everyman. WEll done story with an excellent cast headed by Spacey and Irons.
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    On Netflix, Waterloo, with Rod Steiger, Orson Welles and Christopher Plummer. Though perhaps a tad too long and somewhat melodramatic and overwrought in places, I thought overall the film accomplished its task of presenting the political and military machinations of a very pivotal time in history. Truly an epic, especially as it depicted the Battle of Waterloo, which of course proved to be Napoleon's "last hurrah".
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    A couple nights ago, Home Alone and Home Alone 2 ... oddly enough it was the same date as the 25th anniversary of the release of the first film of that series.
    Always terrific music composed by John Williams and superb film direction by John Hughes.

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    Two of my favorites for switched off enjoyment Lars. What a shame that they spoilt it with HA 3

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    THE HOBBIT, PARTS 1 AND 2.
    What a shame that they left so much out of Lord of the Rings, but have padded The Hobbit so much. Still an enjoyable watch so far

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    Via Netflix, Valhalla Rising, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevensen and Gordon Brown. A very mystical film, which in places reminded me of Aguirre: Wrath Of God. Explores the eternal conflict between one people's "paganism" and another's "one true religion", set against the backdrop of the Crusades and exploration of the New World. Stark landscape and dialogue throughout. One in the end has to wonder if the "protagonist" of the story--a superhuman one-eyed warrior who cannot be defeated--is a god or a devil, or perhaps both.
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    Via Netflix, Transcendence, starring Kate Mara, Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser Paul Bettany and Cillian Murphy {I could have sworn that he's Eric Roberts}. Explores the possibility/ probability of computers assuming human characteristics and feelings by "uploading" a dying Depp's persona into a quantum computer. Interesting concept, but there were too many gaps in logic, at least for me.
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