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Old 03-14-2013, 10:26 AM   #4041 (permalink)
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Watched 7 Psychopaths last night, was pretty good honestly. Didn't really know what to expect, never read much on it.

Edit: Also some of the scenes done by Will in Fresh Prince were some of the best acting I've seen in some ways. Also I am Legend was an amazing movie (imo) I love every one of his movies, and think he's a better actor than mostly anyone at pretty much every role he plays. BUT hes not good at doing anything he doesn't normally, he's limited I'd say.

He's made tons of outstanding movies that were not all just hero movies.

Ali - Great job

Pursuit of happiness - AMAZING movie.

Seven pounds - I liked it

Bagger vance - Was alright

As mentioned I am Legend (kinda a hero role but meh)

I also met him a few years back, extremely cool dude, was so happy to take a picture and sign some stuff, and talked for a bit.

Just my 2 cents

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:35 AM   #4042 (permalink)
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Dont forget I Robot. The part was cheesy but he added depth to it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #4043 (permalink)
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Dont forget I Robot. The part was cheesy but he added depth to it.
I agree, but it was a heroish kinda role I thought, so I didn't add it. Was tryin to name things other than the heroesque stuff.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:40 AM   #4044 (permalink)
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Won't disagree with you either Chig... I actually liked "I, Robot" a lot (even though it was a hero role) and "Ali" was great and well-suited for him. I also enjoyed "Hancock".

Those were good movies (the ones you listed) because they were well-written and they're were in his wheel house.... but has he ever played a villain? Or someone who's mentally-challenged? Or learned an accent for a role and convincingly pulled it off?

I'm not JUST ripping on Smith.... I've always been annoyed by Julia Roberts too for the very same reasons. Overrated as an actress IMO. Not much versatility. Just picks her movies well and comes off as a darling in the media.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #4045 (permalink)
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Won't disagree with you either Chig... I actually liked "I, Robot" a lot (even though it was a hero role) and "Ali" was great and well-suited for him. I also enjoyed "Hancock".

Those were good movies (the ones you listed) because they were well-written and they're were in his wheel house.... but has he ever played a villain? Or someone who's mentally-challenged? Or learned an accent for a role and convincingly pulled it off?

I'm not JUST ripping on Smith.... I've always been annoyed by Julia Roberts too for the very same reasons. Overrated as an actress IMO. Not much versatility. Just picks her movies well and comes off as a darling in the media.
Audiences love Will as hero type though so I don't think they wanna change the trend, you have to see where directors and such are coming from to. Some people just "fit" villian roles and some just "fit" heroes. I don't know of any off the top of my head (because I'm tired) where he did much in the way of full blown accents the entire movie, but he's done a lot in parts of movies that convinced me he can do them no problem if needed.

Also I don't think he has done any mental-illness roles. Never know if he could or not though. Hard to say. I think if he had the opportunity he could.
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Veronica Mars movie got $2mil in 1 day on kickstarter. didn't know there were that many fans

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Audiences love Will as hero type though so I don't think they wanna change the trend, you have to see where directors and such are coming from to. Some people just "fit" villian roles and some just "fit" heroes. I don't know of any off the top of my head (because I'm tired) where he did much in the way of full blown accents the entire movie, but he's done a lot in parts of movies that convinced me he can do them no problem if needed.

Also I don't think he has done any mental-illness roles. Never know if he could or not though. Hard to say. I think if he had the opportunity he could.
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I have decided that I don't think much of Leo's acting chops. I think he was as big of a reason for me being so let down by the second half of Django as anything else. I thought he made it difficult for me to get into Inception. I love Scorcese, but the stuff he's done recently with Dicaprio just falls flat for me. I did enjoy Catch Me if You Can, and I think maybe it was because seeing him acting so plainly did not hurt the role. I just don't get a sense of any kinetic energy from him. It's all about pulling the arrow back as far as he can and holding the bow steady.
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I have decided that I don't think much of Leo's acting chops. I think he was as big of a reason for me being so let down by the second half of Django as anything else. I thought he made it difficult for me to get into Inception. I love Scorcese, but the stuff he's done recently with Dicaprio just falls flat for me. I did enjoy Catch Me if You Can, and I think maybe it was because seeing him acting so plainly did not hurt the role. I just don't get a sense of any kinetic energy from him. It's all about pulling the arrow back as far as he can and holding the bow steady.
He was fairly generic in "Inception" but I loved him in Django. I enjoyed him in "The Aviator" and "The Departed" as well. There actually isn't a movie I can think of that I hated him in.

Different strokes I guess.
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He was fairly generic in "Inception" but I loved him in Django. I enjoyed him in "The Aviator" and "The Departed" as well. There actually isn't a movie I can think of that I hated him in.

Different strokes I guess.
I can't say I hate him. I think that is why it has taken me a while to come to the realization that it is him that I have found lacking in a lot of films that I should ave liked more. I usually pay more attention to a lot of other things besides acting. It is very infrequent that I would feel that acting was absolutely central to me liking or disliking a film. Haywire had decidedly bad acting, but I loved the film. I think with Leo, he commands the screen enough to make his acting essential to the end result, but for me, never lets that arrow fly.
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I can't say I hate him. I think that is why it has taken me a while to come to the realization that it is him that I have found lacking in a lot of films that I should ave liked more. I usually pay more attention to a lot of other things besides acting. It is very infrequent that I would feel that acting was absolutely central to me liking or disliking a film. Haywire had decidedly bad acting, but I loved the film. I think with Leo, he commands the screen enough to make his acting essential to the end result, but for me, never lets that arrow fly.
What was it specifically about his performance in "Django" that left you wanting? Just curious.
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What was it specifically about his performance in "Django" that left you wanting? Just curious.
All I saw was Leonardo trying really hard to be a plantation owner. Tarantino is also to blame. He originally wanted to go with an older character. That probably would have worked better. Leo wanted this role. But it changes the nature of the evil involved. It becomes inherited, handed down. I didn't get any sense of the evil that motivated him. I saw a guy ridiculously enjoying a Mandingo fight by the fireplace. He did not look like he belonged on that estate any more than Django did. Then Waltz's character finds him so repulsive that he needs to kill him, but he just never sold me on that level of evil that required an act that would upend everything they planned. It just ddn't work in terms of motivations of any of the characters. And a lot of that stems from Dicaprio's character being so poorly defined. The movie just became cartoonish as a result.
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All I saw was Leonardo trying really hard to be a plantation owner. Tarantino is also to blame. He originally wanted to go with an older character. That probably would have worked better. Leo wanted this role. But it changes the nature of the evil involved. It becomes inherited, handed down. I didn't get any sense of the evil that motivated him. I saw a guy ridiculously enjoying a Mandingo fight by the fireplace. He did not look like he belonged on that estate any more than Django did. Then Waltz's character finds him so repulsive that he needs to kill him, but he just never sold me on that level of evil that required an act that would upend everything they planned. It just ddn't work in terms of motivations of any of the characters. And a lot of that stems from Dicaprio's character being so poorly defined. The movie just became cartoonish as a result.
Hmm. He played a plantation owner's son rather than the old plantation owner himself. Struck me as an ignorant, spoiled brat of a man with a capability for sickening violence. His delight at the mandingo fights... having a man ripped apart by dogs... coming within a hair's breath of bashing a girl's skull in with a hammer... and then letting her for a sum of money and a "gentlemanly" handshake? One that he INSISTED on having from the German? Seemed pretty damn unlikeable to me.

Tarantino does do the "cartoony" thing though... it was very much in the mode of "Kill Bill" IMO.
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The giant slayer movie, 9/10. Was predictable, but it was so detailed, and I love old school movies that are reamped
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He originally wanted to go with an older character. That probably would have worked better.
I agree, he just seemed out of place.
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I agree, he just seemed out of place.
Something about him always makes him feel "out of place" for me. I dunno what it is, I just don't like him at all. Not hate at all, just not an actor I enjoy.
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Hmm. He played a plantation owner's son rather than the old plantation owner himself. Struck me as an ignorant, spoiled brat of a man with a capability for sickening violence. His delight at the mandingo fights... having a man ripped apart by dogs... coming within a hair's breath of bashing a girl's skull in with a hammer... and then letting her for a sum of money and a "gentlemanly" handshake? One that he INSISTED on having from the German? Seemed pretty damn unlikeable to me.

Tarantino does do the "cartoony" thing though... it was very much in the mode of "Kill Bill" IMO.
The elements for evil were there. It just seemed to be played. I only saw Leonardo. I only really saw Samuel Jackson as well though, so I think Tarantino didn't help with the killing of the plot's momentum. The narrative got lost.

I loved Kill Bill, because although over-the top, the story drove everything. Kill Bill was really helped by being split into two parts. It kept the storyline from getting diluted.
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just watched Man with the Iron Fists

I wish they had done a little more with this movie. They touched on some fascinating details, but the movie built up just to flair out at the end. Turned into a basic slow motion fighting extra gorey kung fu flick.

I give it a C+
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Life of Pi

pretty good with some really nice special effects. the whole zebra, orangutan, hyena story happened a little too quickly, which kinda ruined the story of the book. with that said, i never thought they'd be able to translate the book to the movie without it being a cartoon or something of the sort. still a good story.
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just watched Man with the Iron Fists

I wish they had done a little more with this movie. They touched on some fascinating details, but the movie built up just to flair out at the end. Turned into a basic slow motion fighting extra gorey kung fu flick.

I give it a C+
the asian brothel made it an A for me.
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