Escape to the Movies: The Artist

MovieBob

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The Artist

This week MovieBob takes on The Artist.

If you're in the Boston area during the weekend of January 13th, he'll be at Arisia 2012 [http://moviebob.blogspot.com/2012/01/heres-where-moviebob-will-be-at-arisia.html], so stop on by.

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Mikeyfell

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Didn't you like Avatar? A lot?
And it was pretty much the same love story with the gimmick being that it was about 3D aliens?

And by the way what was the movie poster that way farthest to the right in the post roll?
 

RTR

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Mel Brooks: always ahead of the curve

Nice to see you're looking forward to Prometheus
 

Aiddon_v1legacy

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Mikeyfell said:
Didn't you like Avatar? A lot?
And it was pretty much the same love story with the gimmick being that it was about 3D aliens?

And by the way what was the movie poster that way farthest to the right in the post roll?
The Hobbit I believe
 

MovieBob

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I'll probably see the Mel Brooks movie instead.
Looking forward to the rest of 2012
 

Hungry Donner

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In the spirit of this film I will be responding to this post entirely in semaphore. I don't have a webcam, so you'll just have to trust me on this.
 

kloiberin_time

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HOW DARE YOU SIR! How dare you compare such a terrible terrible movie such as Jack and Jill to the magnificence of Dunkin Donuts coffee. I would take DD over Starbucks and day.
 

Mikeyfell

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Aiddon said:
Mikeyfell said:
Didn't you like Avatar? A lot?
And it was pretty much the same love story with the gimmick being that it was about 3D aliens?

And by the way what was the movie poster that way farthest to the right in the post roll?
The Hobbit I believe
You're right, thanks
 

Marmooset

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I've got a better analogy:
If Jack and Jill is a Dunkin' Donuts, and The Artist is a Starbucks, Tree of Life is a pretentious pile of shit[footnote]Actually, you can plug and chug the first two parts of the equation, and end up with the same result.[/footnote].
 

Luke5515

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I had hoped you were going to review Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, oh well, I might have to go in not knowing! gasp!
 

Penguin_Factory

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When I saw this getting rave reviews it set off minor alarm bells in my head. I haven't seen it and I'm not privy to the motivations of the reviewers, but it kind of seems like the sort of thing "serious" film critics would feel obliged to praise.
 

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'The Artist' was probably my favourite film of the year. I disagree with Bob on the idea that being a silent film is a gimmick. The way I see it, silent films are like a certain flavour, and I fucking love that flavour.

I've enjoyed watching silent films for some time now and while almost all of the plots are quite shallow there is often I feel a great amount of expressiveness in them that more modern films tend to lack.

Not that I don't enjoy modern films, but once in a while I want to watch something else. Maybe something from a specific time, or a different era. All different flavours.
 

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Following on the success of The Producers, I hear Mel Brooks is developing a Broadway re-make of Silent Movie.

Only kidding...
 

MovieBob

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Woah, I actually feel nauseous after watching that. Oh, not the movie, but Bob's insufferably self-indulgent review where he goes on to call the film shallow and then congratulating himself over his own "film historian" status for "understanding" what's going to happen and what's going on.

Really, there's a reason the movie has been beloved by audiences worldwide so far - it's an unassuming, charming romantic story told in a way that hasn't been seen in a while, set with the backdrop of a historically significant moment in cultural history. Bob's own attempt at boosting his own ego as some kind of a resident expert to be admired at and descends into being downright insulting by following that up with calling the film a "well, that's nice" gimmick fest.

TownTattle said:
'The Artist' was probably my favourite film of the year. I disagree with Bob on the idea that being a silent film is a gimmick. The way I see it, silent films are like a certain flavour, and I fucking love that flavour.

I've enjoyed watching silent films for some time now and while almost all of the plots are quite shallow there is often I feel a great amount of expressiveness in them that more modern films tend to lack.

Not that I don't enjoy modern films, but once in a while I want to watch something else. Maybe something from a specific time, or a different era. All different flavours.
Precisely, and on top of that the silent movie aspect of the film is just as important to the character that the chopped up storytelling of Memento was for Guy Pearce's character. Any means of telling a story and The Artist does this perfectly.
 

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Kinda surprised to see "Prometheus" as the third anticipated of 2012 instead of "Dark Knight Rises."

Who does that say more about- "DKR" or MovieBob?
 

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I love how Mr. Chipman exclaims loosely how this movie is parallel to Grindhouse in deserving an Academy Award, yet would have splooged all over himself if Grindhouse ever won such an award.

What happened to MovieBob? He used to be some schlub from Lowell that reviewed movies like your "Average Joe" would. Now, he's way too full of himself, despite still being some schlub from Lowell. Every single week we have to endure a still shot from The Critic and/or hear about a movie not being screened for reviewers. Ok, we get it. You want desperately to be considered legit and shove it in everyone's face that you're a "film critic". Out of curiosity, does anyone know what his qualifications are or what school (studies) he attended to grant him such a title that he flaunts around like a whore with herpes?

I miss old MovieBob. I miss the swearing, the anger, and the unabashed ogling of hot women. Old MovieBob tore the shit out of Michael Bay, and that was fantastic. New MovieBob apologizes for bashing Michael Bay because he has his "career" to think about. Such a shame. MovieBob sold out even before he began. Now he's just a sheep trying to jockey for position at the Herald. Even worse, probably the Patriot Ledger.