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Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:10 am

Ugh, I do not have the highest hopes for this new Luc Besson production. If the film receives favourable reviews I'm sure I'll flip back over to the pro-side of things, but Besson can produce some pretty bad stuff.
With films like Leon the Professional and Angel-A I am uncomfortable with his sexualization of female characters. The former has these strange hints of sexual tension between Natalie Portman's character of the young girl and Leon the hitman, while the latter (which I've only seen parts of) goes out of its way to show off the body of Angela.
I don't know, he's just not a director I much care for. I'm sure this "Lucy" will display his interest in showcasing young attractive females.

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Post by chris63 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:55 pm

This one.


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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:57 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:With films like Leon the Professional and Angel-A I am uncomfortable with his sexualization of female characters. The former has these strange hints of sexual tension between Natalie Portman's character of the young girl and Leon the hitman, while the latter (which I've only seen parts of) goes out of its way to show off the body of Angela.
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I never got those hints you are talking about, but then they are French. I liked 5th Element.
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Post by chris63 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:38 am

5th element, great film.

Watched Thor 2. Its ok

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:08 pm

Well Mrs. Figg, how about the scene in which Natalie Portman's character Mathilda (who is about 11 years old) tells the concierge of their hotel that Jean Reno's character Leon (in his forties) is not actually her daddy, but is her lover.

She is simply being naughty and, despite the crumminess of her neighborhood, might not fully realize what she's talking about, but the inclusion of things like that can be rather uncomfortable, especially considering how mature she is for her age. Their relationship is fine, Leon is very caring, but why would Luc Besson include a scene like that? It's very French, perhaps, but I don't much like it.

I mean the concierge ends up kicking them both out because he believes her and is unsettled by it. There is no refutation made in the film by any character and the topic is not touched again. The film presents it in a tongue-in-cheek way, so that we know she was simply joking around, but still, I don't like it.
Of course it doesn't help that I am biased against the film, having known a guy who really liked it and who had (as I became aware of after my acquaintance with him) sexually abused a young girl that age in the past. I'm not claiming any real connection between the film and this guy, as noone is fully evil. And it's not as though a person who has done terrible things cannot also do good things or like good things, but that awareness shades my opinion.
It must just be a French thing.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:43 am

saw this Danish film, it was really good, probably a girls film though.


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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:45 am

I like the look of that- love a good historical.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:51 am

yeah it was pretty fab. it won a shed load of awards.

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:38 am

I enjoyed this and thought you guys might too, especially bungo and RA. Smile

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Post by bungobaggins on Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:42 am

Saw that a while ago. Laughing

Check out their review of the fourth movie. Wink


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Post by Eldorion on Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:47 am

I actually want to visit Milwaukee almost solely because of Mike and Jay.  It's not like I expect to meet them or anything, but Half in the Bag paints such an entertaining picture of the place that I want to know what the reality is like. Laughing If I ever find myself in the upper Midwest I'll have to make a detour there. Smile
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Post by bungobaggins on Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:13 am

Milwaukee is, well, I'll put it this way: Not what it used to be. Razz

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:47 am

They have a superhero there, don't they? I recall him making an appearance on HITB. Laughing
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Post by bungobaggins on Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:58 am

You mean Space Cop? scratch

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:13 am

Nah, the Watchman. He had a cameo appearance in their review of Super.

http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-super-and-the-watchman-interview/
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Post by Eldorion on Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:14 am

Wait, did I know something about RLM that bungo didn't?  I'm shocked. Surprised 

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