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It's pretty good yeah.

Bringing Out The Dead and Wolf Of Wall Street are his best post-Casino efforts.


BOTD is decent. I can't stand Wolf Of Wall Street. Stylistically it is very much his attempt at a Goodfella's style film set in that world, but it lacks the class, humour, and the sympathetic characters of Goodfella's, so I find I'm not engaged by any of it, and I don't care what the outcome is. Aside from that is just another example of how very average and limited DiCaprio is as a leading man.

I still haven't seen a performance by him where I'm watching the character rather than the same guy in a different setting.


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Watched Mommy the other night. It was good, but I don't feel I quite connected with it. It had it's moments though, a few really nice montages in there.

Last night the lcoal film society was showing Broken, so I went along. I was surprised by just how much of 'my kind of film' it was. Really liked it a lot.


The British film from a couple of years back? I saw it on a plane of all places, grim as fuck but thought it was really good.

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I still haven't seen a performance by him where I'm watching the character rather than the same guy in a different setting.


Have you seen Shutter Island? It's not a great movie but DiCaprio is pretty convincing and diverse in that. It's probably my favourite performance of his.


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Battle Royale

Really enjoyed it. Not much to say about it other than the obvious, that it's pretty unrelenting and the idea of kids doing these horrific things to each other is still occasionally stomach churning. I liked the twist at the end too. Apparently it's the basis for the idea behind The Hunger Games, and it's better than all the films made under that Franchise name.

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I still haven't seen a performance by him where I'm watching the character rather than the same guy in a different setting.

Have you seen Shutter Island? It's not a great movie but DiCaprio is pretty convincing and diverse in that. It's probably my favourite performance of his.

I didn't think much of him in that. This Boy's Life, What's Eating Gilbert Grape? & The Aviator are his best performances IMO.


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I've never got the What's Eating Gilbert Grape? hype. Maybe it's because I was too young to appreciate it when I first watched it, but I've never ever wanted to return to it. It bored me to tears.


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Dicaprio is improving with age, but I'm still not crazy about him.

He was good in Django and Wolf though

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Yeah, DiCaprio in Django= 4 fists.


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Crap in J. Edgar. I didn't think much of him in TWOWS.


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He's massively overrated yet likeable at the same time.

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Its not even that I think he is terrible, but yes, he is overrated, and I've just never been able to forget I'm watching Leonardo DiCaprio, rather than the character he plays.

Even say, Tom Hanks, who I'm really not a fan of, has managed to convince me on occasion, or at least, his performance and presence is not always a distraction. That is a problem when it is a leading actor, the whole film, regardless of its merits, is rendered unwatchable.

Frankly, I thought he was laughable in Django though, it was about pantomime level. Mind you, as with everything else Tarantino has done in the last 20 odd years, it wasn't a film I particularly had any time for anyway.


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Its not even that I think he is terrible, but yes, he is overrated, and I've just never been able to forget I'm watching Leonardo DiCaprio, rather than the character he plays.

Even say, Tom Hanks, who I'm really not a fan of, has managed to convince me on occasion, or at least, his performance and presence is not always a distraction. That is a problem when it is a leading actor, the whole film, regardless of its merits, is rendered unwatchable.

Frankly, I thought he was laughable in Django though, it was about pantomime level. Mind you, as with everything else Tarantino has done in the last 20 odd years, it wasn't a film I particularly had any time for anyway.


Amen brother wretch, if I'm being honest I find all of Tarantinos films a bit of a slog bar reservoir durgs.

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Love the like harry potter without a plot or magic bit.

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Another movie that seemed better when I was a kid. I revisited it the first time back in the early 00's when it first came out on dvd and had a mixed reaction. Tonight's viewing was pretty much the same. I'm probably in a minority on this, but I felt Bill Murray was kind of miscast. He just had too much fun playing an asshole and consequently ended up not being much of an asshole at all. In retrospect, it's easy to see why Murray's career went downhill for a while. He rested on his laurels far too much, thinking he could just shout and dance his way out of a corner, and nowadays I find many of his comedies completely unwatchable because of it. Scrooged is quite possibly the worst example of his acting in the 80's, featuring all his usual quirks and tics ramped up to the nth degree, and the effect is totally annoying.

Anyway, Scrooged is an odd mix of horror and comedy that never quite gets the balance right. It's neither scary nor particularly funny, and while the special effects are quite good for their time, there is no wow factor to them, and the sentimentality just doesn't work. Danny Elfman's score is the usual mix of pomp and whimsy, and at times reminds one of Beetlejuice, a vastly superior film that came out the same year.

Scrooged has none of the wit or invention of Beetlejuice, and none of the warmth of Dickens or any of the far superior film versions of his classic story that have been made in the last 80 years. I would even take the Zemeckis version with Carrey over Scrooged. That's right, even a film using motion capture technology had more heart than this!!

I'm honestly baffled at the reputation this film has today, particularly in America. Perhaps it's nostalgia, or the fact that Murray has become ridiculously overrated since his big comeback in the early 00's. Who knows. The idea of updating the story to 80's America wasn't necessarily a bad one: an arrogant hotshot media executive is certainly an obvious target. Perhaps a more imaginative film maker could have brought the story to life, but since neither Superman or The Goonies lacked imagination, or heart, the blame must lie elsewhere.

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The whole honest trailer thing is past it's peak now, what started off as a bit of fun has become a smug snark fest.

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The whole honest trailer thing is past it's peak now, what started off as a bit of fun has become a smug snark fest.


Agree, but they are two of the better ones i've seen in a while.

The smug-snark thing is inevitable. That's the direction these blogs/vlogs/sites tend to go.

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2/5 for Scrooged? You mad demented bastard. I watched it last Christmas and I still thought it was brilliant.


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2/5 for Scrooged? You mad demented bastard. I watched it last Christmas and I still thought it was brilliant.


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