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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:14 PM
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I just got the video "The Blind Side". Is the movie any good?
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:18 PM
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1. My dear applegrove...
I haven't seen it, but Sandra Bullock got the best supporting actress Oscar, so it should be good...


:shrug:
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:23 PM
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2. Thks.
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 12:44 AM
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3. Best Actress, actually.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 12:52 AM
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4. You're right!
I'd forgotten... :blush:

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 02:33 AM
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5. I watched Monster's Ball recently while donating platelets
the movie itself was OK but Halle Berry's performance was dreadful - and she won the best actress Oscar for that :o
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 02:46 PM
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6. I liked it- interesting and heartfelt story, and Sandra Bullock was very good
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:03 PM
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7. i liked it. several have commented that it's racist
and i understand WHY they think that, but i disagree

i thoroughly enjoyed it
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:07 PM
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9. Not sure how a mostly true story can be racist
There are some details here and there that are not true but nearly all of it is.

Anyways I haven't seen it but was aware of the story well before the movie came out. I'm addicted to the NFL Draft so I was looking up players as they were drafted so that's how I came to know Oher's story and I say it's a good one. I look forward to seeing it myself.
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:16 PM
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11. it is a great and inspiring story
i LOVE inspiring sports movies.

miracle is one of my favorite, and of course rudy

chariots of fire is one of my top 10 all time movies

i also liked invincible, even though it was a bit cheeeeezy

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:05 PM
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8. Haven't seen it
looked formulatic to me but like I said I haven't seen it

The book was written by Michael Lewis who wrote about the financial meltdown in "The Big Short"

the player is now in the NFL-there is another guy with a similar story also in the NFL

Another aspect I am not sure they covered-Michael Oher (the player) saw his IQ shoot up something like 20-25 points simply by eating something close to a stable diet
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:12 PM
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10. Liked but didn't love it.
A nice story though.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:29 PM
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12. I liked it. n/t
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Midwestern Democrat Donating Member (238 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 03:49 PM
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13. It's good for what it is - it's a movie meant to please a mass audience
watching it only one time. It's not a great film - it's not a film that is so well made that you could watch it more than once. Like a lot of current films, it also can't resist playing it cute at times - i.e. blatantly going for a cheap laugh at the expense of dramatic integrity (there's one especially egregious example in one of Kathy Bates's scenes). All that said, Sandra Bullock is quite good in it, and I think you'll find it a pleasant couple of hours.
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 04:47 AM
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18. Just for that, I think I'll watch it again
It's as good or better than a lot of movies that get "critical acclaim."

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renegade000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 04:18 PM
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14. It's good if you don't think about it too much...
In my opinion, the most interesting character in the movie was the NCAA investigator. She clearly had story behind her passion and her mission that raised interesting moral questions, but that was totally ignored as they merely used her as a plot device. Exploring the concept of farming poor communities for athletic talent to essentially make money for the sports industry would have been great (especially in light of what goes on in places like DR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12... ), but that would have ruined the feel-good fairy tale story.
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Highway61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 04:43 PM
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15. Very good
will watch it again. On another note...she won best actress. She had her day in the sun(good for her)...for how long? Until her "husband"( I use that word loosely) stole her thunder. Scumbag. IMHO
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 12:09 AM
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16. I feel like I know the entire movie just from the trailer.
Destitute black kid taken in by rich white family, they "save" him but really he is the one who saves them (all the while becoming a football star)! They need him more than he needs them! Awwwww ....

Seems kind of predictable, but I haven't seen it.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 07:55 PM
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23. Sandra Bullock was really great in the movie. It was worth watching it just for her performance.
It was predictable but that is the story I wanted to hear.
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bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 01:37 AM
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17. Really good actually. Sandra Bullock is awesome.
And as much as it make me throw up a little in my mouth, Tim McGraw was pretty good too. Plus, it has Cathy Bates and who doesn't love Cathy Bates. Or does she spell it with a K?
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 07:58 AM
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19. The movie was good, but I thought the book was a lot better
Way more to the story than the movie could cover. I did enjoy the movie though.
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PRETZEL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 08:04 AM
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20. Saw it over the weekend,
I thought it really good both story wise and acting wise.

I don't know how much was left out, puffed up, or what, but the story of Michael Oher is in and of itself pretty inspiring.

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 11:15 AM
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21. It was cute.
very fluffy. Filled with unrealistic moments, but cute. Sandra Bullock was very good.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 12:15 PM
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22. The role Sandra Bullock plays is perfect for her.
Sassy Southern lady with heart of gold. And she carries.
it's a feel-good movie that carefully, very gently tells us about the really hard world out there, but not so you'll squirm in your seat. It is a true story, and not enough has been said, I think, about the wonderful job the young actor who plays Oher does. He has almost no dialogue, and he has to speak to us with his face. And, wow, does he ever! I hope he gets a lot of work in the future. I don't want to sound too cynical, I'm glad this movie got made...but my mind keeps turning back to the guys in the neighborhood playing so tough who will never get the chance Oher did. They won't even get ordinary opportunities for small triumphs. (Like a steady job and a safe neighborhood for their families.) Not all of us can play Offensive Tackle, or whatever it is that Oher is perfectly designed for.
I give the movie credit for bringing my attention to his old neighborhood, but now they should make a whole movie about the guys left back home.
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