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Readers’ Reactions

February 5, 2012

Today, readers of the page share thoughts!

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Today we take a quick look at some films you may or may not have heard of from the viewpoint of some movie watchers that regularly read the reviews and news posted on this site! (They did the writing today.) 🙂

I want to thank each of them for reading regularly and for responding to my request for submissions last month! Without further ado, here is the first edition of:

1. Billy Elliot

I am really looking forward to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and I wanted to watch the rest of the director’s work.  So I started with Billy Elliot.  I didn’t think I  would be to fond of a movie about ballet, but after watching it I came to love it!!  I fell in love with the characters, the story, and the director.  The acting was so wonderful, Jamie Bell, and Julie Walters were a great team.  I really have come to like Stephen Daldry’s directing, not only does he do an amazing job but he also takes you on an adventure of sorts.  If you enjoy dramas, I recommend watching this one.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! -Andrew C

2. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

If you don’t like the recent Sherlock Holmes films, you will like this film based on the videos games. Now I never played the games, but by watching the film I hope to find them some day. The story is about Professor Layton and his assistant Luke (by the way, No, he doesn’t learn how to use the Force at the end!) get a mysterious letter from a famed opera singer, Jenice Kaitly, who asked them to come to her new performance and to investigate some strange happenings. A little girl came up to Jenice and said that she is her old friend who died a year ago and came back to life in the form of a little girl having found the secrets to eternal life. The case understandably fascinates them, so they head out to the opera. Once there, however, everybody gets trapped by a villain of secret origins and tells them they have to play a game to the last man in order to win the secrets of eternal life. So the race is on to see who can make it to the end.

“Epic” is the one word I would use to describe this movie…just plain epic. 🙂 The characters, puzzles, and the mysteries in the film are great and so unpredictable that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time…and almost fell off. 😀 If you like a mystery film that you can watch over and over, this is your film. Aside from an opening that insists on reminding you it is based on a video game, every thing else is fantastically unforgettable. Now if only if Hollywood would learn that you don’t need explosions and fight scenes to have a great mystery that can grab the audience’s attention (4.3/5). -Brandon L

3. 50/50

I recently bought and watched 50/50. Cancer seems like a terrible subject for a comedy, but this movie proves otherwise. It brought tears to my eyes from both sadness and laughter! I have to thank the entire cast for being believable in their roles. I never thought Anjelica Huston would be believable as a semi-crazy, overprotective mother, but her performance is spectacular and often the source of my tears. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a fantastic job at playing a regular guy whose world gets turned upside down and still manages to find happiness. Overall, this film is definitely worth watching! -Monica A

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

[Having seen both versions] I can say that I really prefer the David Fincher version. The Swedish version is excellent, but unfortunately has been outdone in most ways. I actually don’t like to compare them, because the newer one isn’t a remake, it’s just a different adaptation. Both of them are different from the book in small ways, but nothing that is really a problem. The David Fincher version has an amazing opening scene, which the Swedish film lacks.

To me, the Swedish version is more of a straightforward visualization of the book, while the newer one is a bit more artistic. And the dead cat is a nice touch. haha. The biggest thing that I prefer about the David Fincher version is the actor playing Mikael Blomkvist. In the Swedish version, Michael Nyqvist ill fittingly plays the character. Mikael is a very suave, sexy, and handsome detective who gets laid a LOT. Michael Nyqvist just doesn’t fit the bill. He is a bit frumpy looking, and in no way fits the character described in the book. Daniel Craig, however, does. He played James Bond, after all. Other than that, I found the two movies to be very similar.

The book is not very fast paced, so there’s not a lot of room for interpretation. I am attempting not to be biased, because David Fincher is one of my favorite directors, but I feel like his movie really shines, as they usually do. One thing that I dislike about both movies (and the book as well) is that too much goes on. It feels like the story is at a logical closure point, but just keeps going because, why not? The story about Mikael’s law suit could be a story all on its own, as could the Harriet investigation, along with Lisbeth’s revenge. Any negative points that I give this new movie would be against the story, and that’s a problem both movies obviously had. -Stepheny P

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  • Again, I wish to thank each of these readers for sharing their reactions to the films they wrote in about.
  • Care to share your thoughts on a movie you recently watched? Would you like to be featured in an upcoming “Readers’ Reactions” segment? Send me an email at thefocusedfilmographer@yahoo.com for details and requirements.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2012 3:03 am

    Have a great holiday T, I am sorry I have been too busy to provide you with any articles… I am a sucky friend!!

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    • February 8, 2012 12:17 pm

      Scott, thank you! no worries. You are a great friend. Anyone that can run a fantastic site like Front Room Cinema and still take time to create and recreate a banner for mine is awesome in my book!

      holiday was great…and is winding down to a close. Thanks for the best wishes

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  2. February 6, 2012 12:40 pm

    I LOVE the Professor Layton video games and didn’t know about this movie at all. It sounds like a lot of fun — I’ll have to see if it’s on Netflix.

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    • February 8, 2012 12:38 pm

      glad you could learn about it courtesy the “readers.” Thanks for the comment here Eric

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